Mon. Jan 18th, 2021

The Houston Astros refused to go quietly, downing the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 to force a decisive game seven in Major League Baseball’s American League Championship Series.After dropping the first three games of the series in San Diego, California, the Astros have won three straight to keep their bid for a World Series berth alive.

“We’re relentless,” Astros shortstop Carlos Correa said. “We said we didn’t want to go home and we meant it.”

Houston – who have played the villain this pandemic-disrupted season after revelations of a sign-stealing scandal tainted their 2017 World Series victory – are just the second team to advance to a game seven after trailing 3-0 in a series.

The Boston Red Sox did it in the 2004 ALCS – and won game seven on the way to the Major League Baseball crown.

Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez gave up one run on three hits with nine strikeouts over six impressive innings.

Astros closer Ryan Pressly pitched a scoreless ninth to seal the win.

The winner of the series will play either the Atlanta Braves or Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.

The Braves took a 3-1 lead into game five of the National League Championship Series and had a chance to close it out against the Dodgers in Arlington, Texas, later Friday. (AFP)

By Bureau