Tracking Game 5: Tampa Bay looks to clinch pennant with win over Houston

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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher John Curtiss during Game 3 of a baseball American League Championship Series, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

9TH INNING: 4-3 Houston Astros

8TH INNING: 3-3

7TH INNING: 3-2 Houston Astros

James gets Diaz to ground out to second base.

6TH INNING: 3-2 Houston Astros

5TH INNING: 3-2 Houston Astros

Slegers takes care of Maldonado and Springer.

Fleming faces Reddick and, then, the Rays make a pitching change. Aaron Slegers is in the game.

Scrubb strikes out Diaz, he allows a single to Choi, and, then, he gets Margot to ground out to third base.

The Astros are making a pitching change. Andre Scrubb is walking to the mound.

Arozarena hits his sixth home run of the postseason to pull his team to within one run. The Rays trail the Astros 3 to 2.

4TH INNING: 3-1 Houston Astros

Fleming goes through the Astros order in order. This game is heading to the fifth inning.

Zunion strikes out swinging.

Adames strikes out swinging so Zunino will step to the plate with two outs and two men on base.

Wendle is also walked by Paredes.

Margot strikes out swinging.

Choi is on base to start this inning after he is walked by Paredes.

3RD INNING: 3-1 Houston Astros

Bregman grounds into a double play so the Rays and Fleming are out of the inning.

Brantley hits a single scoring Reddick and Maldonado and giving the Astros a 3-1 lead over the Rays.

Springer hits the ball back to Fleming and Fleming throws his out at first base.

Fleming allows a single to Reddick and a double to Maldonado. The Astros have men on second base and third base with zero outs in this inning.

Paredes throws three pitches to Diaz and Diaz grounds out to second base to put his team at the plate.

After Taylor gets past Arozarena and Meadows, he is replaced by Enoli Paredes.

Lowe hits a home run off of Blake Taylor to tie the game. Lowe is the first batter Taylor faced in this game.

2ND INNING: 1-0 Houston Astros

Fleming sends the next two batters back to the dugout.

Curtiss is replaced by Josh Fleming.

The Rays load the bases in the top of the inning. Ji-Man Choi and Willy Adames are walked and Joey Wendle is hit by a pitch. Mike Zunino walks to the plate with two outs and, although he smacks the ball into right field, it is caught at the warning track.

1ST INNING: 1-0 Houston Astros

PREGAME:

BOTTOM LINE: Tampa Bay will look to clinch a series win with a victory over Houston in Game 5 of the ALCS.

The Astros were 20-8 on their home turf in 2020. Houston has a team slugging percentage of .459 this postseason, Carlos Correa leads them with a mark of .794, including five extra base hits and 13 RBIs.

The Rays posted a record of 20-11 away from home in 2020. Tampa Bay has a team on-base percentage of .286 this postseason, Randy Arozarena leads them with an OBP of .489, including nine extra base hits and seven RBIs.

REGULAR SEASON TOP PERFORMERS: George Springer leads the Astros with 14 home runs and has 32 RBIs.

Brandon Lowe leads the Rays with 14 home runs home runs and is slugging .554.

LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 4-6, .235 batting average, 3.96 ERA, outscored by four runs

Rays: 8-2, .233 batting average, 2.72 ERA, outscored opponents by 15 runs

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