SAN DIEGO (AP) – José Altuve and the Astros are eager to join the Boston Red Sox in the history books. Beating Tampa Bay three more times to reach the World Series won’t be easy, but Houston sees it as possible.
George Springer broke the tie with a two-run homer, Altuve had a home run and an RBI double, and the Astros beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Wednesday night to stay alive in the American League Championship Series.
Zack Greinke came out of a jam with the bases loaded, Altuve took a step in pursuit of his vindication after his erratic performance on defense in this series, and the Astros finally rediscovered their hitting, in a game in which they ran the risk of being swept. .
“We are very motivated,” Altuve said. “We know the squad we have and, yes, we want to be the second team in history to recover from a 0-3.”
Teams that have taken a 3-0 lead in a postseason series with a maximum of seven games are 37-1. The exception came in 2004, with Boston defeating the Yankees in the AL Championship Series and claiming its first World Series title in 86 years.
Houston, seeking its third AL pennant in four seasons, is trailing 3-1 heading into Game 5, which takes place Thursday afternoon.
The Rays follow a pinning victory in the World Series, an instance they have only advanced to once in history.
Greinke, suffering from an arm pain in the division series against Oakland, made a single serious mistake, allowing a two-run home run by Cuban rookie Randy Arozarena, which tied the score 2-2 in the fourth act.
With a 4-2 lead on Springer’s home run in the fifth act, Greinke’s best pitch was a shift change in which he struck out Mike Brosseau on a 3-2 count to end the sixth inning on the bases. full.
After Greinke allowed back-to-back singles by Manuel Margot and Austin Meadows with one out, manager Dusty Baker came in to talk to the veteran right-hander and decided to allow him to continue. Arozarena struck out and Ji-Man Choi hit a single to load the bases.
Greinke fanned Brosseau next.
“I’m just glad that we won the game and survived until tomorrow,” Springer said.
On Friday, Brosseau had hit a home run in the eighth inning that marked the advantage against Cuban Aroldis Chapman of the New York Yankees. The Rays prevailed 2-1 and thus sealed their passage to the Championship Series.
Greinke allowed two runs and five hits for the Rays in six innings to pocket the win. He struck out seven and walked one.
For the Rays, the Dominicans Margot 4-1, Willy Adames 3-1 with an RBI. The Cuban Arozarena 4-1 with one scored and two RBIs.
For the Astros, the Venezuelan Altuve 4-2 with a run scored and two RBIs. Puerto Ricans Carlos Correa 4-0, Martín Maldonado 2-1 with two runs scored. The Cubans Yuli Gurriel 3-0, Aledmys Díaz 1-0.