Astros Sting Rays, Force Game 7

Astros Sting Rays, Force Game 7

They had two runs through seven innings on Saturday before Manuel Margot hit a two-run homer, his second of the game.

Curtiss was 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 25 innings during the regular season.

The Houston Astros, baseball's villains of 2020, the team 29 other fanbases are rooting against, the team whose demise is anticipated around the country, just refuse to die. The Astros have been criticized for their role in a cheating scandal en route to the 2017 title that was uncovered last off-season.

Adames was stranded on third to end Tampa Bay's 4-3 loss.

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Snell's final line was four innings pitched, allowing two earned runs with four strikeouts on 82 pitches. Morton signed with Tampa Bay prior to the 2019 season. And starting pitcher Framber Valdez was good enough across six innings that you nearly didn't remember that the Astros are without ace Justin Verlander.

Baker's instincts won out again when he made a decision to leave in Garcia with two on and two out in the second.

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Greinke struck out Arozarena, then allowed another infield single to load the bases for Mike Brosseau. He surrendered three hits and struck out nine.

So this was strictly survival for both teams, with the Astros looking to stay alive completely and the Rays hoping to move on to the World Series without having to see the best Astros pitchers again. The rally had only one hard-hit ball.

And in their biggest game of this season, the heart of this Astros team showed up when needed to carry them to a Game 7. Blake Snell, erratic throughout his start, walked Yuli Gurriel before Aledmys Diaz singled. But Baker chose to stick with Greinke after catcher Martin Maldonado argued in favor of his pitcher. Then, with the Rays in a shift that left a hole on the right side, Springer rolled a single through the gap and two runs scored.

Interestingly, Carlos Correa swooped in, refocused his pitcher and didn't let the moment derail Valdez or the Astros.

Baker, hired after AJ Hinch was sacked following the revelation of the sign-stealing scandal, is the first manager to take five different teams to the playoffs.

Houston's Kyle Tucker homered off rookie Shane McClanahan leading off the sixth. Correa had an RBI double and Tucker a sacrifice fly.

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