Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night was all about the home run.
A record number of them.
The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers combined for eight long balls at Dodger Stadium, the most ever in a World Series game. George Springer had the biggest, a two-run drive in the 11th inning that helped the American League champions to a 7-6 victory and split of the opening two games in Los Angeles.
Springer teammate, Marwin Gonzalez, added a solo shot in the ninth inning to tie the game at 3, and fellow Astros Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa went back-to-back in the 10th as Houston became the first team in major league history to homer in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings of a postseason game.
But the Dodgers didn’t go down quietly.
Yasiel Puig had a solo shot in the 10th inning, and after Springer’s blast, Charlie Culberson added a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the 11th before Astros right-hander Chris Devenski struck out Puig to end the game.
The five combined extra-inning home runs were the most ever in a postseason game. The previous record was three set by the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the 1995 AL Division Series.
Overall, there have been 11 home runs in this series, tied for 2002 (Angels-Giants) for the most in the first two games of a World Series, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Game 3 is Friday night in Houston.