ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays have evened the American League Division Series in Game 4.
Final Score: Astros 1, Rays 4
The Rays hosted the Astros for the second straight day. They had a resounding victory Monday, beating Houston 10-3. They went on to defeat the Astros again on Tuesday, evening the best-of-five series 2-2.
Justin Verlander started on three days of rest as the Astros tried to put away the Rays Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. But, it didn't work. The Rays managed to hit well against him.
Tampa Bay used Diego Castillo as an opener, and manager Kevin Cash then played matchups with his bullpen after that.
The Rays' victory forces a winner-take-all Game 5 Thursday at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Scroll down for our live blog of how Game 4 unfolded.
The Rays win. Final score: Houston 1, Tampa Bay 4.
The Tampa Bay Rays bring in reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell as their closer.
The Astros have taken a piece out of the Rays' commanding lead. Robinson Chirinos hit a home run off Colin Poche. The Rays are up 4-1.
The Rays hang onto their 4-0 lead in the top of the seventh. Avisail Garcia caught a deep drive from Yuli Gurriel in right field to end the half-inning.
No more runs so far. The score is still 4-0. But, we've gotten the Rays attendance numbers. It was a massive turnout Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. 10News anchor Ryan Bass says 32,178 people were there.
The Rays are well on their way to punching tickets to Houston for Game 5. They're still up 4-0.
Justin Verlander leaves the game, as the Rays continue to lead 4-0.
Willy Adames hits a solo homer off the catwalk. The Rays are up 4-0.
Yordan Álvarez drives one to center field for the Astros. But, Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier fields it, throws a bullet to Willy Adames who relays to Travis d'Arnaud, who tags José Altuve out at the plate.
No runs to end the third inning. The Rays are still up 3-0.
Diego Castillo gets out Carlos Correa before being relieved. The crowd cheers loudly as Castillo walks off the field. Ryan Yarbrough enters the game for the Rays.
No runs for either team.
Justin Verlander strikes out Avisail Garcia to end the inning.
The first inning ends with the Rays up 3-0. Astros pitcher Justin Verlander threw 32 pitches to complete the inning. He allowed four hits from the Rays and struck out two batters.
Joey Wendle ropes an RBI double, taking the Rays to 3-0.
Travis d'Arnaud comes through with an RBI single. The Rays are now up 2-0 at Tropicana Field.
Tommy Pham hits a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning, putting the Rays up 1-0.
It was a strong start from Rays pitcher Diego Castillo.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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