Rays Drop Game 4 to Astros - ESPN 98.1 FM

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Rays Drop Game 4 to Astros - ESPN 98.1 FM

In the history of seven-game series, 38 clubs have taken a 3-0 lead. He has a 10.38 ERA in 4⅓ innings during the postseason.

Carlos Correa might have provided the exclamation point, lacing a game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday to keep the Astros' season alive one more day, but it was manager Dusty Baker's cool hand that kept Houston in this game, giving Correa a chance for his dramatics.

The Astros scored two more runs in the third inning on a single by Michael Brantley, who was questionable for the game with a foot injury but was able to DH. He hasn't yet appeared in the playoffs.

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.

"We've got some real leaders on this team, some dominant personalities who listen more than they talk", Baker said.

That's bad, but the unfortunate issue for the Astros and Altuve is this has become a trend.

As the game started, Baker was looking at a deuce, six, eight, jack and queen to play, meaning he really had nothing, except his decades of experience and one of the best poker faces in the game going for him.

The Astros pulled to 3-2 and forced Game 6 on Friday.

After Greinke allowed consecutive singles by Manuel Margot and Austin Meadows with one out, Baker came out for a chat and made a decision to let the veteran right-hander continue.

Given a 4-2 lead by Springer's homer in the fifth, Greinke's biggest pitch came when he struck out Mike Brosseau on a 3-2 changeup to end the sixth with the bases loaded. In all, Baker squeezed out 6⅔ innings from five rookies, making three mid-inning pitching changes before turning the ball over to Josh James and Ryan Pressly. "I said, 'OK then you've got it then". I feel good where we are because we don't have to get on that plane and go to Houston. The Astros scattered seven hits, walked five and struck out 11. They are 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position the last two games.

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

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.

Garcia held Tampa Bay hitless in two innings while striking out two and walking one.

Altuve doubled into the right-field corner with two outs in the third to bring in Martin Maldonado, who drew a leadoff walk and advanced on Springer's grounder.

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