9TH INNING: 4-2 Tampa Bay Rays
8TH INNING: 4-2 Tampa Bay Rays
7TH INNING: 4-0 Tampa Bay Rays
6TH INNING: 4-0 Tampa Bay Rays
5TH INNING: 3-0 Tampa Bay Rays
4TH INNING: 3-0 Tampa Bay Rays
3RD INNING: 3-0 Tampa Bay Rays
2ND INNING: 3-0 Tampa Bay Rays
1ST INNING: 2-0 Tampa Bay Rays
Houston Astros (29-31, second in the AL West) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (40-20, first in the AL East)
San Diego; Saturday, 8:37 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Houston: Lance McCullers Jr. (3-3, 3.93 ERA in regular season) Tampa Bay: Charlie Morton (2-2, 4.74 ERA in regular season)
LINE: Rays favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 runs
ALCS: Series tied 3-3
BOTTOM LINE: The Houston Astros travel to play the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.
The Rays were 20-9 on their home turf in 2020. Tampa Bay has hit 23 home runs this postseason, Randy Arozarena has accounted for six of them en route to posting a slugging percentage of .843.
The Astros were 9-23 on the road in 2020. Houston has a team batting average of .275 this postseason, Carlos Correa has led them with an average of .372, including seven extra base hits and 15 RBIs.
REGULAR SEASON TOP PERFORMERS: Brandon Lowe leads the Rays with 25 extra base hits and is batting .269.
Kyle Tucker leads the Astros with 56 hits and is batting .268.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rays: 8-2, .233 batting average, 2.72 ERA, outscored opponents by 15 runs
Astros: 4-6, .235 batting average, 3.96 ERA, outscored by four runs
INJURIES: Rays: Chaz Roe: (elbow), Cody Reed: (finger), Colin Poche: (elbow), Andrew Kittredge: (elbow), Yonny Chirinos: (elbow), Jalen Beeks: (elbow), Kevin Kiermaier: (hand).
Astros: Justin Verlander: (forearm), Austin Pruitt: (elbow), Brad Peacock: (shoulder), Roberto Osuna: (right elbow), Josh James: (leg), Chris Devenski: (elbow), Rogelio Armenteros: (undisclosed), Bryan Abreu: (undisclosed), Yordan Alvarez: (knee).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
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