The Houston Astros are one loss from elimination, having been defeated 5-2 by the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night at Petco Park.
The Florida club have therefore signed a third victory in as many duels since the start of the American League championship series.
In today’s clash, it was the sixth round that made the difference for the Rays, who amassed all of their points there.
Coming in to starter Jose Urquidy, Enoli Paredes first gave a single to Joey Wendle, who pushed two of his teammates to the plate. He then reached Willy Adames, while the cushions were all occupied. That ended his short evening of work.
Paredes was replaced by Hunter Renfroe, but the latter allowed two more points before being able to end his rivals’ inning.
The Astros ventured onto the trails afterwards, but the Rays’ gunners and defense got the job done. Ryan Yarbrough got the win, while Diego Castillo got the save.
Houston’s only two points came from solo homers. Jose Altuve and Michael Brantley were the authors.
The Astros will try to save their skin on Wednesday, in the fourth meeting of this series.