The Tampa Bay Rays escaped a 3-0 lead in the American League final against the Houston Astros, but they saved the day Saturday in San Diego, defeating the Texas team 4-2 in the seventh and final game of the series.
The Florida squad is therefore the first to secure their ticket to the World Series, which will take place in Arlington, Texas. She will face the winner of the seventh game between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers, played Sunday.
The Rays quickly made their intentions known to the Astros by scoring two points in the first set thanks to Randy Arozarena’s home circuit, while Manuel Margot was on the trails. It was the outfielder’s seventh long ball of the playoffs, a record for a rookie. In addition, the 25-year-old is just one runner from the all-time record for number of home runs (8) in a single elimination round. Barry Bonds, Carlos Beltran and Nelson Cruz, respectively in 2002, 2004 and 2011, share this brand.
Mike Zunino imitated his teammate by sending the ball out of bounds in the second inning. Zunino added another RBI to his score with a sacrifice ball in his sixth round at bat.
The Astros almost came back up the hill. With the goals fulfilled in the eighth inning, Carlos Correa hit a single good for two runs, but gunner Pete Fairbanks put an end to the threat.
Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton was impeccable on the mound. In five and two-thirds of innings, he allowed just two hits while striking out six batters.
Major League Baseball has also announced the dates for World Series games. It will start on October 20 and there will be two days off, after the second and fifth – if necessary – games.