SAN DIEGO — After leading 3-0 in the American League Championship Series, the Tampa Bay Rays now find themselves just one loss away from being eliminated from the playoffs.
The Houston Astros, after their Game 6 win on Friday night, have surged to tie the series 3-3, forcing a decisive Game 7 on Saturday with a trip to the World Series on the line.
The Rays jumped out to an early lead in the 2nd inning after an RBI double off the bat of Willy Adames, but it was all Astros from there.
In the 5th, Kevin Cash went to his bullpen when starter Blake Snell allowed two men on base to lead the inning. At the time, Tampa Bay was still holding on to its one-run lead.
Houston would score four runs in the 5th, adding one in the 6th and two in the 7th.
Manuel Margot hit his second home run in the game in the 8th inning to get the Rays within three, but it wasn’t enough.
Houston wound up beating Tampa Bay 7-4.
Here’s how it played out:
The Astros win Game 6, forcing a decisive Game 7 on Saturday.
Manuel Margot hits a two-run homer to get the Rays within three. It's 7-4 as we head to the 9th.
Manuel Margot hits a towering shot to left field. It's now 7-2 Houston.
The Astros score for the third straight inning, this time bringing in two. Houston now leads 7-1 as Tampa Bay comes up to bat in the bottom of the 7th.
The Rays just haven't been able to put anything together with runners in scoring position, and fail to do so again in the 6th inning.
Brandon Lowe grounds into an inning-ending double play. Astros still lead 5-1.
Houston now leads 5-1 after Kyle Tucker hits a home run to left-center field in the top of the 6th.
The Astros keep piling on. It's now 4-1 after a Carlos Correa RBI single.
The Astros take the lead first on a two-run single off the bat of George Springer, then Jose Altuve adds another on a double.
It's 3-1 Astros.
Kevin Cash goes to the bullpen as Snell's day is through. The first two Astros reach base in the top of the 5th as Tampa Bay holds on to a slim, one-run lead. It's 1-0.
Willy Adames drives in Brandon Lowe with a two-out RBI double in the 2nd and the Rays go on top 1-0.
Brandon Lowe gets on with a single in the bottom of the 2nd for the Rays' first hit of the ball game.
Joey Wendle fields a rocket off the bat of Bregman to start a double play in the top of the second.
That makes back-to-back innings that the Rays turn two.
Carlos Correa records the game's first hit and the Astros have the leadoff man on base in the top of the 2nd.
A Jose Altuve walk is erased on a "strike 'em out, throw 'em out" double play. Snell gets two strikeouts in the first.
First pitch is just moments away.
Could tonight be the night?! Rays fans certainly hope so! It's a Friday night Game 6 for the Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros.
The Rays took an early 3-0 ALCS lead. But in games 4 and 5, it was the Astros who brought in two wins.
Rays offense continued to scuffle, and when they did score it was only solo home runs. Brandon Lowe was just 1 for 13 in this series. His solo home run in the third tied the game up at one run a piece.
The Rays and Astros continue to play from San Diego, as part of the MLB bubble. On the other side of the league, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves are playing in Arlington, Texas. Globe Life Field will be where this years World Series will be played.
The Astros forcing a Game 6 is just the 4th time in postseason history it's happened after a team was down 3-0.
Game 6 is tonight at 6:07 p.m. ET from San Diego. If the Rays win tonight, they'll be headed to the World Series for the first time since 2008. If they lose, the Astros will force a deciding Game 7.
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