Framber Valdez leads the way and the Astros are one triumph away from achieving the epic comeback
The turns that life takes. 72 hours ago, the Astros were planning to pack their bags to return to Houston against the wall against the Rays , who led 3-0 in the American League Championship Series. But while there is life there is hope. Two cardiac victories and a 7-4 beating on Friday after, Houston tied this matter and the World Series ticket will be settled at Game Seven , and now the pressure is completely shifting to the ninth cave of Tampa Bay.The Astros are just the second team in major league postseason history to even reach seventh in the series after losing the first three games. Framber Valdez led the way with six virtually pristine innings , as the bats went red-hot in the fifth inning for the loosest win of the series.
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Tampa Bay hit first in the second, with a Willy Adames double across center that brought Brandon Lowe to the register. Barring a scare in the second, Blake Snell dominated the first four innings, allowing only two hits, but manager Kevin Cash had no patience with him early in the fifth, sparking controversy because the move didn’t work.The 2018 Cy Young winner finished his job after allowing a walk and an infield hit with no outs . Cash sent for Diego Castillo, Snell left the mound saying rays and flashes, even though in his last 19 starts he has not gone beyond the sixth … and the fact that the Rays closer failed will not have helped his spirits.Martín Maldonado moved the runners with a sacrifice bunt, playing the small ball that the Rays did not use in the eighth and ninth of the previous game, wasting a man at first with no outs. And the ball gods smiled at this, as a rally of four began in the fifth: George Springer split the diamond to bring the first two, Altuve followed with a double that brought the first in the Astros’ order to the plate. , and Correa brought the Venezuelan for the fourth.
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Kyle Tucker hit a solo home run in the sixth for another small rally in the seventh, with Brantley driving Altuve and Bregman to Houston’s designated 7-1. Tampa cut with Margot’s homers, solo in the seventh and with Lowe on board in the eighth , leaving a bit of nerve at the end, more with the wobbly relief of the Astros, but there was no more damage.Dominican Framber Valdez takes the victory by working 6 innings, allowing just one run, three hits and 9 strikeouts.Houston and Tampa will play all-for-all with 27 outs (or a few more) on Saturday night. A scenario that no one saw a few days ago, but that the Astros, the most hated team in baseball, are now looking at candles and the pressure, for a long time, is on the Rays.