Astros' Correa after ALCS loss: 'I'm just f------ proud of this team'

  • Astros' Correa after ALCS loss: 'I'm just f------ proud of this team'

Astros' Correa after ALCS loss: 'I'm just f------ proud of this team'

Charlie Morton got the start for the Rays and was taken out in the sixth inning with the Astros threatening. Framber Valdez pitched six strong innings, but the Astros still used four relievers in Game 6, including one inning from rising star Cristian Javier. The Astros had two runners on but Morton appeared in complete control of the game. Tampa Bay was up two runs early and tacked on some insurance later in the game.

The Rays will face either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Atlanta Braves in the World Series in Arlington, Texas, starting Tuesday night. Nick Anderson came on and retired Michael Brantley.

Morton and McCullers became the first pair to pitch in the same winner-take-all postseason game as teammates and later start against each other in a winner-take-all game. After going an ordinary 5 for 21 with runners in scoring position during their three wins over Houston, the Rays have just 10 runs and 20 hits in their three losses while batting 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position.

The Astros broke through against the Rays' bullpen in the eighth. The last a 100-mph fastball up and away that Bregman swung through.

Right fielder Manuel Margot squeezed Aldemys Diaz's flyball in his glove for the final out and fireworks burst over the empty ballpark as the fun-loving Rays began to celebrate.

Fairbanks worked around a one-out single in the ninth to close it for a save.

With MLB in a bubble to guard against the coronavirus, the Rays spent more than two weeks in San Diego and played 12 games at Petco.

Hinch's replacement, 71-year-old Dusty Baker, helped restore some of the goodwill the Astros squandered. Houston upset Minnesota and Oakland to get to the ALCS before losing the first three games then clawing their way back to force a Game 7. The Game 7 triumph kept the Rays from joining the 2004 Yankees as the only team to lose a seven-game series after seizing a 3-0 lead.

Tampa Bay made up for its ordinary offense throughout the season with excellent pitching and defense, but the Rays stumbled in both aspects in Game 6.