Carlos Correa hits walkoff homer to keep Astros alive in ALCS

Ruben Hill
October 16, 2020

The Astros' offense has been struggling, with a grand total of five runs in this series, but Tuesday night was more just about the Rays' defense preventing runs.

Are the Astros capable of winning four games in a row? In the ALCS for a fourth straight year, the Astros are trying to join the 2004 Boston Red Sox as the only teams to come back from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series.

The Astros took that somewhat comfortable 4-2 lead into the top of the ninth, yet they nearly handed the series back to Tampa Bay.

The friend in question would be one George Springer, who's no stranger to going deep in the same game as Altuve.

Instead of getting a double play and holding a 1-0 lead with two outs in the top of the sixth, Houston allowed the Rays to have runners on first and second with nobody out.

After Lowe homered to right-centre off Blake Taylor leading off the third to tie the game, Brantley singled to right off Josh Fleming to bring in Josh Reddick, who singled, and Martin Maldonado, who doubled.

Tampa Bay ended up breaking the game open with five runs in the inning. However, Springer hit a two-run homer of his own in the bottom of the fifth to give the Astros back the 4-2 lead.

Rookie Randy Arozarena continued his remarkable post-season by hitting his sixth homer in 12 games and Brandon Lowe also connected for the Rays, who need one more win to reach the Fall Classic for the second time in franchise history.

When nobody stepped up to help Tampa Bay's surprising slugger until the ninth inning of Game 4 of the AL Championship Series, the Rays were forced to extend their stay in San Diego by at least a day.

Taking the bump for Tampa Bay will be one of the big reasons the Rays have been such a dominant team the past two seasons in Tyler Glasnow. This average is the worst of the four remaining teams. The playoffs have been the time for Arozarena to shine, and his home run Wednesday night gives him five during the postseason.

George Springer homered on opener John Curtiss' first pitch and Michael Brantley broke a tie with a two-run single.

Arozarena then missed the first 34 games of the regular season after catching COVID-19. He then took time to rebuild his strength.

"One of the most impressive things about José is how he can clear his head and contribute in all aspects of his game, and to see him go out there and still wanting the ball hit to him and still swinging the bat is a testament to him", Springer said. However, if the Astros forge the comeback, they will be just the second team in Major League Baseball history to come back from down 0-3 and win a playoff series.

Astros: Framber Valdez was the most likely starter for Game 6.

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