Walkoff HR Means Rays Will Have To Play Game 6


The Tampa Bay Rays rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie Game 5 against the Houston Astros, but Carlos Correa's home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off Nick Anderson allowed the Astros to take a 4-3 decision in Game 5 over the Rays and force a sixth game in the American League Championship Series.

For the fourth time in the series, Houston would hit a first-inning home run, as George Springer took the first pitch of the game from John Curtiss and sending it into the second deck of the Western Metal Supply building in left.

Brandon Lowe, who had been 3 for 41 in the postseason, tied the game in the third, unloading on reliever Blake Taylor's 95 MPH fastball and sending it over the centerfield fence for a solo home run.

But Josh Fleming could not get a shutdown inning and keep the game tied in the bottom of the inning, allowing a single to Josh Reddick and a double to Martin maldonado before Michael Brantley drove in both runners with a base hit.

Randy Arozarena cut the deficit back to a run when Enoli Paredes threw him a fifth-inning fastball and the outfielder deposited it on the far side of the center field fence for his sixth home run of the postseason.

Tampa Bay tied the game in the eighth when Ji-Man Choi sent a Josh James offering into orbit for s olo home run and a 3-3 game.

Nick Anderson, who worked a scoreless eighth, got Alex Bregman to pop out for the first inning of the ninth before Correa homered to center to end the game.

Game 6 will feature a rematch of the Game 1 starters, as Blake Snell takes on Framber Valdez. First pitch is scheduled for 6:07, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 5:00 with The Inside Pitch.