Arozarena shines again, but Rays can't finish Astros in ALCS

Sixth-inning implosion in Game 3 moves the Astros to the brink of elimination

Sixth-inning implosion in Game 3 moves the Astros to the brink of elimination

But Baker, the game's oldest manager at 71, never blinked and pulled off one of the most improbable postseason victories in memory, dealing the Tampa Bay Rays a backbreaking 4-3 loss, punctuated by Correa's game victor.

But now the Rays are on the brink of yet another pennant, leading their series against the Houston Astros three games to none with a chance to close things out on Wednesday if Tampa Bay can complete the four-game sweep. They will now send a fully rested Framber Valdez, who has pitched to a 2.00 ERA in 18 postseason innings this year, to the mound on Friday and have veteran Lance McCullers Jr.

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 Tampa Bay Rays now just need one more victory to win the ALCS, and they'll have four opportunities to do so.

Altuve hit a solo homer in the first and an RBI double in the third for a 2-0 lead.

Only one team in history has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven series, the Red Sox in the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees. "We've just got to turn it around".

However, one batter has been consistent for the Rays over the postseason.

Greinke, bothered by a sore arm in the Division Series against Oakland, made only one big mistake when he allowed a two-run homer to Arozarena that tied the game at 2 in the fourth.

Baker said he thought about putting in Ryan Pressly, but catcher Martin Maldonado said, "He can get this guy".

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The Astros forced a Game Five in the NLCS after bringing down the Rays 4-3.

I thought we'd retired this column after the ALDS. It would not be enough for the Rays though and they would have to prepare for a Game Five.

Baker's odds, while still long, don't seem as impossible as they did after the Astros fell into a 3-0 series hole.

All this came after Springer belted Tampa Bay starter John Curtiss' first pitch over the fence in left field.

His offense helped make up for his three errors that helped the Rays win Games 2 and 3 to move to the cusp of their first World Series since 2008.

It would be Altuve again in the bottom of the third when he drove in the second run of the night. That home run tied him for second in most home runs in a single postseason among rookies.

It was the third home run of the postseason for Springer, the MVP of the 2017 World Series.

Arozarena then missed the first 34 games of the regular season after catching COVID-19.

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