Facing elimination once again, the Houston Astros did it again to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night at Petco Park, winning by a score of 7-4 in Game 6 of the American League final. This third consecutive victory allowed them to level the series 3-3 and force the holding of a seventh game.
As they were down 1-0, the Astros took control of the game in the fifth inning with a four-point push. George Springer started the ball rolling with a two-run single, which saw Yuli Gurriel and Aledmys Diaz cross the plate.
Springer in turn scored on a double from Jose Altuve. The latter was then pushed home by Carlos Correa. Thanks to his productive single, the Astros shortstop joined Reggie Jackson as the seventh most RBI playoff player in Major League baseball history. Correa and Jackson each have 48.
Kyle Tucker added his lead in the sixth inning by hitting his first homer of the playoffs. He returned to the charge in the seventh with a sacrifice ball. Michael Brantley scored on the streak, he who had managed a productive single previously.
Manuel Margot stretched his arms twice rather than one late in the game for the Rays. Willy Adames, meanwhile, slammed a double of a point in the loss.
Framber Valdez (1-1) had a great outing on the mound for the Astros. In six innings of work, he allowed just one run, three hits and three walks, in addition to striking out nine batters. Ryan Pressly provided the rescue.
For his part, Blake Snell (1-1) had a more difficult start for the Rays, allowing two runs, three hits and four walks in four innings.
The seventh and final game of the series will be played Saturday night in San Diego. The Rays will once again try to secure their ticket to the World Series, which they have only participated in once in their history. The Astros will try to qualify for the third time in four years.