The teams combined for a Series record eight homers. When the slugging was finally over, the Astros had hung on to win a World Series game for the first time in their 56-season history.
Houston trailed 3-2 in the ninth when Marwin Gonzalez hit a leadoff home run against closer Kenley Jansen. Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa hit back-to-back homers in the Houston 10th for a 5-3 lead.
The Dodgers then rallied, tying it on Yasiel Puig's home run and an RBI single with two outs by Enrique Hernandez.
Springer's shot off Brandon McCarthy gave Houston just enough margin to withstand Charlie Culberson's homer in the bottom of the 11th.
Game 3 is Friday night in Houston.