World Series Game 5: Braves vs Astros

By Mike Hayes and Jason Kurtz, CNN

Updated 12:49 a.m. ET, November 1, 2021
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9:35 p.m. ET, October 31, 2021

Freddie Freeman's blast puts the Braves back in front

By CNN's Jason Kurtz

Freddie Freeman of the Braves hits a solo home run during the third inning.
Freddie Freeman of the Braves hits a solo home run during the third inning. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Freddie Freeman's 460-foot home run has given the Braves back the lead.

The rocket to right-center is Freeman's longest of the season, and tied for the biggest smash of his career.

Facing Astros starter Framber Valdez to start the third, Freeman launched a sinker into the seats, in the process putting the Braves up 5-4. The homer is Atlanta's second of the evening, as Adam Duvall opened the scoring with a first inning Grand Slam.

It's still 5-4 in the third.

9:32 p.m. ET, October 31, 2021

Houston ties the game in the third

From CNN's Mike Hayes

Carlos Correa of the Astros celebrates after hitting an RBI double during the third inning.
Carlos Correa of the Astros celebrates after hitting an RBI double during the third inning. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Atlanta reliever Jesse Chavez came into the game with two on and nobody out in the top of third. The first man he faced, Houston shortstop Carlos Correa, lined a double to left-center to knock in Jose Altuve and cut the Atlanta lead to 4-3.

Two batters later, Yuli Gurriel tied the game with a grounder to shortstop as Michael Brantley crossed to pull the Astros even in Game 5.

It's now 4-4 in the bottom half of the third.

9:29 p.m. ET, October 31, 2021

Braves make pitching change

From CNN's Jason Kurtz

Braves pitcher Jesse Chavez throws during the third inning.
Braves pitcher Jesse Chavez throws during the third inning. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Tucker Davidson's night is done.

Making his first appearance since June 15, the 25-year-old failed to record an out in the third frame before being lifted in favor of Jesse Chavez.

The first batter of the inning, Jose Altuve, reached on an error by shortstop Dansby Swanson. Davidson then walked Michael Brantley on 5 pitches before earning the hook from Braves skipper Brian Snitker.

It's currently 4-4 in the third inning.

9:06 p.m. ET, October 31, 2021

Houston answers in the second

From CNN's Mike Hayes

Alex Bregman of the Astros hits an RBI double during the second inning.
Alex Bregman of the Astros hits an RBI double during the second inning. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The struggling Alex Bregman delivers for Houston!

The Astros third baseman was 1-14 in the World Series, and had been dropped in the batting order from third to seventh. But with Houston facing elimination, and with two runners on in the top of the second, Bregman sent one to the gap in right-center, driving in Yuli Gurriel and moving Kyle Tucker to third.

The next man up, Martín Maldonado hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Tucker.

Houston pitcher Framber Valdez struck out to end the inning.

Atlanta up 4-2 going in the bottom of the second.

8:46 p.m. ET, October 31, 2021

Braves belt first inning Grand Slam, take early lead

From CNN's Jason Kurtz

Adam Duvall, right, of the Braves is congratulated by Austin Riley after hitting a grand slam home run during the first inning.
Adam Duvall, right, of the Braves is congratulated by Austin Riley after hitting a grand slam home run during the first inning. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Braves have struck first in Game 5 and they've done so in dramatic fashion.

With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning, Atlanta center fielder Adam Duvall took Astros starter Framber Valdez deep to right field for a Grand Slam and a 4-0 Braves lead.

Duvall came to the plate following a pair of Atlanta hits — a lead-off single by Jorge Soler and a base hit to left by Austin Riley — and then a walk to second baseman Ozzie Albies.

The homer by Duvall is his third of the playoffs and allows Atlanta a comfortable cushion as they look to clinch their first championship since 1995.

It's now 4-0 Braves in the second inning.

8:22 p.m. ET, October 31, 2021

World Series Game 5 begins in Atlanta

From CNN's Mike Hayes

Tucker Davidson of the Braves delivers a pitch during the first inning.
Tucker Davidson of the Braves delivers a pitch during the first inning. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Play ball! Game 5 of the World Series is underway at Truist Park in Atlanta.

Tucker Davidson is on the mound for the home team. The left-hander faces Jose Altuve, Michael Brantley and Carlos Correa at the top of the Astros lineup.

8:05 p.m. ET, October 31, 2021

Here are tonight's starting pitchers

From CNN's Mike Hayes

Tucker Davidson gets the ball for the Braves tonight as Atlanta looks to clinch its first World Series since 1995. The 25-year-old left-hander was just added to the roster Wednesday after Atlanta ace Charlie Morton was knocked out of the series with a fractured right fibular in Game 1.

With their backs against the wall, Houston will turn to left-hander Framber Valdez. The Astros hope that Valdez can summon the same stuff he had when he went eight innings, giving up one hit to Boston in Game 5 of the ALCS.

8:12 p.m. ET, October 31, 2021

World Series trivia: Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews only player to play in all 3 cities Braves have called home

From CNN's Douglas Wood

Eddie Mathews of the Braves stands for a photo on May 5, 1952, in Boston.
Eddie Mathews of the Braves stands for a photo on May 5, 1952, in Boston. (Bettmann/Getty Images)

At Truist Park, there are 10 numbers displayed in left field that have been retired by the Atlanta Braves.

No. 41 belongs to Eddie Mathews, a hard-hitting third baseman who became the seventh player in MLB history to reach the 500-home run mark. But in the annals of Braves history, Mathews is unique. He is the only player to play in all three cities the Braves have called home.

Mathews joined the Braves in 1952, playing the team’s final season in its original home in Boston. He moved with the team in 1953 to Milwaukee, where he played with Hank Aaron and won a World Series in 1957. He moved with the team to Atlanta in 1966, his final season with the Braves. He played for the Houston Astros in 1967 before he was traded to the Detroit Tigers before he retired in 1968. He managed the Braves from 1972-1974. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Braves Hall of Fame in August 1999. Mathews died on Feb. 18, 2001.

7:44 p.m. ET, October 31, 2021

Here are tonight's starting lineups for both teams

From CNN's Mike Hayes

Truist Park is seen prior to Game Five of the World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves on October 31 in Atlanta.
Truist Park is seen prior to Game Five of the World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves on October 31 in Atlanta. (Michael Zarrilli/Getty Images)

We have changes to the lineup for both teams tonight.

For Houston, the struggling Alex Bregman, 1-for-14 in the World Series, was dropped down from the third slot to seventh. For the Braves, Jorge Soler is back in the leadoff spot and starting in right field in place of Joc Pederson.

Here are the lineups for Game 5:

Houston Astros

  1. Jose Altuve, 2B 
  2. Michael Brantley, RF 
  3. Carlos Correa, SS 
  4. Yordan Alvarez, LF 
  5. Yuli Gurriel, 1B 
  6. Kyle Tucker, CF 
  7. Alex Bregman, 3B 
  8. Martín Maldonado, C 
  9. Framber Valdez, LHP

Atlanta Braves

  1. Jorge Soler, RF 
  2. Freddie Freeman, 1B 
  3. Ozzie Albies, 2B 
  4. Austin Riley, 3B 
  5. Eddie Rosario, LF 
  6. Adam Duvall, CF 
  7. Travis d'Arnaud, C 
  8. Dansby Swanson, SS 
  9. Tucker Davidson, LHP