The second consecutive bullpen game proved to be one too many for the Braves, who squandered a 1st inning grand slam by Adam Duvall as well as the first of their three potential chances to close out the series.
The Astros comeback started with 2 runs in the top of the 2nd; they tied it with 2 more in the 3rd. A Yuli Gurriel single in the 2nd, followed by a Kyle Tucker walk, led to an RBI double by Alex Bregman and a sacrifice fly from Martin Maldonado. A lead off boot by Dansby Swanson in the 3rd allowed Jose Altuve to reach, then a Michael Brantley walk marked the end of the night for Braves starter Tucker Davidson. Carlos Correa doubled in Altuve off Jesse Chavez, then Brantley scored on a Gurriel ground out.
Davidson was not sharp, throwing 28 strikes and 25 balls in 2+ innings, walking 3. He allowed 2 hits, and was charged with 4 runs; the 2 in the 3rd were unearned.
Freddie Freeman answered that comeback immediately, however. His 460 footer to right center leading off the bottom of the 3rd put the Braves back on top, 5 – 4. Unfortunately, the Braves had no answer for the next Astros comeback.
Houston broke it open in the 5th against A.J. Minter. Correa and Gurriel hit 1 out singles, then each advanced on a ground out by Tucker. After an intentional walk to Bregman to load the bases, Minter could not throw strikes to the light hitting Maldonado. The walk tied the game, then a pinch hit single by Marwin Gonzalez plated the 6th and 7th Astros runs.
The Astros tacked on a run in both the 7th and 8th innings off Drew Smyly. Smyly ended up with 3 innings pitched, allowing 5 hits and striking out 5.
In the same manner that the Braves closed out the Dodgers, the Braves will aim to close it out in 6 games on Tuesday at 8:09 EDT, this time on the road. Max Fried will undoubtedly start it for Atlanta. The Astros used game 2 starter Jose Urquidy in relief for 14 pitches; the impact of that decision is to be determined.