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Rays beat Astros in Game 2, take 2-0 ALCS lead

The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Houston Astros on Monday in Game 2, giving them a 2-0 ALCS lead.
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Tampa Bay Rays Manuel Margot celebrates after hitting a three run home run against Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. during the first inning in Game 2 of a baseball American League Championship Series, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

SAN DIEGO — The Tampa Bay Rays now have a 2-0 series lead after defeating the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Monday.

The Rays' pitching has been on full display in their previous two victories and Charlie Morton kept the momentum on the mound in Game 2.

Morton was sporting a 1-0 record with a 1.80 ERA across five innings in the postseason entering the game. He finished the day with five scoreless innings, 5 strikeouts and one walk. He gave up five hits.

Manuel Margot had a stellar game, both at the plate and in the field.

He got the scoring going in the first with a 3-run home run, a lead the Rays would never relinquish. He later made a highlight-reel catch over the rightfield wall in foul territory.

Here's how the game played out:

7:16 p.m.

The Astros made things interesting in the 9th and the Rays bullpen gave up a run, but ultimately held on for the win.

Tampa Bay is now only two wins away from reaching the World Series.

7:10 p.m.

The Rays win!

6:33 p.m.

Mike Zunino hits a towering shot to center.

The Rays now lead 4-1.

6:04 p.m.

The Rays go to the bullpen, bringing in Pete Fairbanks, and he's greeted with a Carlos Correa home run.

The Astros get one back and it's 3-1.

4:44 p.m.

Margot makes a highlight-reel catch over the rightfield wall in foul territory to end the top of the second inning.

4:32 p.m.

Manuel Margot hits a three-run homer to center field in the bottom of the first inning! It's 3-0.

4:18 p.m.

Out of a jam! Morton records two strikeouts as the Astros leave runners on the corners in the top of the first.

4:07 p.m.

Morton is on the mound and Game 2 is underway!

4:02 p.m.

First pitch is just moments away!

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