The Tampa Bay Rays earned their second win in as many games against the Houston Astros on Monday night in the American League Championship Series.
In today’s matchup, the Floridian team won 4-2.
The Rays quickly signed up for the brand in this duel. Manuel Margot slammed a three-point bomb from the initial engagement.
In addition to standing out at bat, the native of the Dominican Republic also stood out on defense. In the second set, he caught a foul ball from George Springer thanks to a good run and a spectacular catch achieved by falling on a railing. The hero of the day made sure to keep the ball in his glove, as he fell on a catwalk located near the stands of Petco Park.
This feat ended the engagement, with two Astros players in position to score.
“As I approached, I didn’t really realize how high it was […], Margot said of the railing, in an interview with the MLB Network after the game. When I started riding on it and realized it was a bigger fall than I expected, I got a little scared. ”
Rays manager Kevin Cash was very impressed with his player’s effort.
“Just to have the ability to know where you are and to be like, ‘I’m going to hit something, but I’m going to catch it’ and have him do it, that’s really awesome,” said the coach, specifying that he had however preferred his slap of three points.
It was Mike Zunino who produced the other point for the winners, he who hit a solo homeroom in the seventh round.
Carlos Correa and Springer allowed the Astros to avoid the shutout.
At the mound, Charlie Morton got the win. In five innings of work, the Rays starter has not given any runs on five hits. He also spent five opponents in the mitt. His teammate Nick Anderson recorded the rescue.
In the Astros, Lance G. McCullers did well, despite the loss. The 27-year-old gunner worked seven innings. He allowed all of his rivals’ points, but only gave them four safe hits. He also struck out 11 of them.
The Astros will try to close the gap in the series to up to seven games on Tuesday.