Marwin Gonzalez’s slump-busting hit came at perfect time for Astros

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ATLANTA — When Marwin Gonzalez stepped to the sheet arsenic a pinch hitter successful the 5th inning Sunday it had been astir a period since his past hit.

The Astros’ utilityman was excluded from the ALDS and ALCS rosters, but activated for the World Series mostly due to the fact that of the request for seat extent successful the National League ballpark, wherever the DH wasn’t successful use.

Gonzalez delivered successful a large spot, with a two-run azygous against A.J. Minter that enactment the Astros up for bully in their 9-5 triumph implicit the Braves successful Game 5 of the World Series astatine Truist Park.

“I was practicing each time with the team,” Gonzalez said. “I was going to the cage and immoderate of the days hitting BP and hitting balls with my squad too. I wasn’t connected the roster the archetypal 2 series, but I was doing my occupation successful the clubhouse cheering for my teammates.”

Gonzalez’s bloop to near gave the Astros a 7-5 pb aft Martin Maldonado had walked with the bases loaded to necktie it.

Gonzalez, 32, spent 7 seasons with the Astros opening successful 2012 earlier playing for the Twins and Red Sox. He was released by the Red Sox successful August and picked up by the Astros.

Marwin Gonzalez deed  a two-run, game-tying azygous  successful  the 5th  inning.Marwin Gonzalez deed a two-run, game-tying treble successful the 5th inning.Getty Images

“I played with immoderate of these guys for 7 years, which they’re much than conscionable teammates, they’re my family,” Gonzalez said. “It feels similar home. You slumber amended successful your furniture than you slumber successful a hotel. I consciousness grateful to beryllium here.”

Braves manager Brian Snitker was moving successful the organization’s insignificant league strategy erstwhile Atlanta won the 1995 World Series. He recalled attending the games astatine Fulton County Stadium against the Indians and pridefulness helium felt seeing respective players helium had helped make observe a championship. Snitker received a World Series ringing that year, but adding to his jewelry postulation wasn’t a information to him arsenic Game 5 of the World Series approached Sunday.

“The things are not existent comfy to deterioration if you privation to cognize the truth,” Snitker said.

The Astros are attempting to go the eighth squad to flooded a 3-1 bid shortage successful the World Series. The 1903 Pilgrims (in a best-of-9 series), 1925 Pirates, 1958 Yankees, 1968 Tigers, 1979 Pirates, 1985 Royals and 2016 Cubs are the lone teams to person won the World Series aft falling into a 3-1 hole. This is the 49th World Series successful which a squad established a 3-1 advantage.