SAN DIEGO — With Game 1 complete the Rays have their first ALCS win under their belt. The Rays were able to hold off the Astros in the close 2-1 game.
Blake Snell led Tampa Bay off on the mound throwing a good mix of strikeouts but running the pitch count high. Relief came to the mound at the start of the 6th inning with the team’s bullpen bringing support to close out the remainder of the game.
A home run from Randy Arozarena started the scoring for the Rays. With an RBI single just off the end of the bat of Mike Zunino bringing in the team’s second run of the night.
But it wasn’t only the team’s bats that did the talking. The Rays turned two double plays to get them out of close innings during their first appearance in the ALCS since 2008.
Tonight was Tampa Bay’s first taste on their road to redemption against the Astros who knocked them out of the playoffs last year.
Game 2 is set for Oct. 12 at 4:07 p.m. ET, at Petco Park
ALCS Game 1 coverage below --
THE RAYS GET IT DONE! In their first ALCS appearance since 2008 the Rays took down the Astros in a narrow 2-1 victory!
Could not have said it any better ourselves! Another double play from the Rays gets them out of the inning
Aaron Loup taps in on the mound for John Curtiss in the 8th inning
It's time for the 7th inning stretch! Tampa Bay leads heading into the bottom of the inning.
Mound relief comes in for Blake Snell at the top of the six. John Curtiss will now take the mound for the Rays.
Rays score on an RBI single just off the end of the bat of Mike Zunino. Tampa Bay leads 2-1 at the end of the 5th inning.
Rays get on the board with a home run by Randy Arozarena! Score is tied at: 1-1
Rays find themselves needing to battle out of the 4th inning as the Astros have the bases loaded.
Infielder Willy Adames gets the Rays out of a tight 4th inning situation with a double play.
Rays had their first chance at-bat, but make a quick inning for the Astros as the team goes three-up, three-down.
Astros get on the board first with a home run from Altuve off of pitcher Blake Snell in the first inning. Score stands at: 1-0
And we are off! Blake Snell has thrown the first pitch in tonight's game. Snell is back on the mound following five days rest.
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