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Astros hold off Rays in ALCS Game 5

The Astros walked off in Game 5 to force a Game 6 Friday night.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Houston Astros aren’t going down without a fight as they won Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Thursday.

Game 6 is scheduled for Friday at 6:07 p.m. ET.

Here’s how Game 5 played out:

8:46 p.m.

Carlos Correa walks it off. Astros win 4-3.

8:37 p.m.

The Rays fail to score in the top of the 9th and we remain tied 3-3 with the Astros coming up.

8:27 p.m.

Mike Zunino reaches to lead off the ninth. Kremaier comes in to pinch run.

The go-ahead run is aboard. 

8:04 p.m.

Ji-Man Choi hits an absolute mammoth of a homerun to right field to tie the game at 3-3 in the 8th inning!

7:00 p.m.

Third basemen Alex Bregman makes a terrific play on a slow roller to throw out Margot at first. The Rays have left 7 men on base in this game.

6:57 p.m.

The Rays again have a man in scoring position, this time with runners on first and second with two outs and Manuel Margot at the plate.

It's 3-2 in the top of the 5th.

6:36 p.m.

There may not be a hotter hitter on the planet right now than Randy Arozarena.

He homers again, and the Rays now trail by only one. It's 3-2 in the top of the 5th.

6:36 p.m.

The Rays haven't been able to get anything going with runners in scoring position today. Zunino strikes out to end the 4th inning with men on first and second.

Astros hold on to their 3-1 lead.

6:24 p.m.

The Rays get out of the third, but not without some damage.

It's 3-1 in the top of the 4th. Ji-Man Choi leads off.

6:18 p.m.

Michael Brantley puts the Astros back on top with a two-RBI single.

It's 3-1 in the third. Astros still batting.

5:57 p.m.

Brandon Lowe leads off the third with a game-tying homerun! It's 1-1!

5:48 p.m.

Serving as today's "opener," John Curtiss' work for the day is done. The Rays will rely on the bullpen the rest of the way. Lefty Josh Fleming is in the game.

Astros still leading 1-0 in the bottom of the second.

5:43 p.m.

Mike Zunino hits one to the warning track in right with the bases loaded to end the top half of the 2nd inning.

5:25 p.m.

Jose Altuve gets picked off at first to end the first inning.

Astros lead 1-0.

5:19 p.m.

George Springer gets to Rays pitching again, hitting an absolute rocket to left field. The Astros go on top in the first 1-0.

5:16 p.m.

A struggling Brandon Lowe, who's leading off tonight, hits a hard-hit ball to the warning track.

5:07 p.m.

The Astros have taken the field and Game 5 is underway!

Game Preview:

Game 4 of the American League Championship Series may have gone the Houston Astros' way. But fear not, Rays fans -- history is still on your side.

Out of 38 times in postseason history in which a team held a 3-0 lead, 37 of those teams went on to win the series. This includes seven out of eight teams that failed to complete the sweep. (The 2004 Yankees are the only team to blow a 3-0 series lead.)

But if the Rays want to win the pennant, they'll have to do a better job of taking advantage of their opportunities. The biggest wasted chance of Game 4 came in the sixth with Tampa Bay down 4-2. They loaded the bases on three singles, but ALDS hero Mike Brosseau struck out and stranded all three runners.

Rays fans got one more glimmer of hope in the ninth. Down to the last out, Willy Adames hit a ball that likely would have been a game-tying home run at Tropicana Field. But in Petco Park's cavernous outfield, it bounced off the wall for an RBI double. With Adames at third after a wild pitch, Yoshi Tsutsugo hit a rocket, but right fielder George Springer snagged it to hand the Astros their first win of the ALCS.

The Rays will also look to keep the ball in the park in Game 5. The Astros hit two home runs off Tyler Glasnow in Game 4, driving in three of their four runs. Tampa Bay did manage scoreless innings from Jose Alvarado and Aaron Slegers, and they'll need their bullpen to put more zeroes on the board moving forward.

Game 5 of the ALCS starts at 5:07 this evening. The Rays have three more chances to go to their second World Series in their 23-season history. If they do it, they'll face either the Atlanta Braves or the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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