Thursday, October 29, 2020

Around the horn: Inspired Houston Astros force Game 7 in ALCS

Around the horn: Inspired Houston Astros force Game 7 in ALCS

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Rays starter Blake Snell took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits. Stopper Diego Castillo couldn’t spell Snell without giving up two more runs. And then Shane McClanahan came on and surrendered three more.

Manuel Margot of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a solo home run off Cristian Javier of the Houston Astros during the seventh inning in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series at PETCO Park on October 16, 2020 in San Diego, California. Photo by Sean M. Haffey /Getty Images


It wasn’t 11 like the night before.

And it wasn’t the Los Angeles Dodgers doing the damage like they did 24 hours earlier.

Instead, it was sixes all around and it was the Atlanta Braves, who put behind them Wednesday’s rout by the Dodgers with their own decisive win — thanks to a decisive six-run sixth inning — in Thursday’s Game 4 of the National League Championship Series.

Even-up at one in the sixth frame, the Braves rallied to put the game out of reach for a 10-2 triumph and put themselves up three games to one in the best-of-seven playoff round at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Freddie Freeman, Marcell Ozuna and Dansby Swanson all doubled, while Austin Riley and Cristian Pache each had RBI-singles in the big inning.

The Dodgers loaded the bases twice in the following frame but could only score one run on Edwin Rios’ sacrifice fly, as Braves reliever Chris Martin limited damage.

Starter Bryse Wilson earned the victory for the Braves, spinning a one-hit, one-run gem over six innings.

Dodgers veteran Clayton Kershaw went inning for inning with Wilson until the ugly sixth, and he left with the loss, having surrendered four runs on seven hits.

“It’s amazing — 2020 just brings us all kinds of things,” said Sportsnet analyst Joe Siddall during the broadcast. “Here’s a kid (Wilson) who’s never pitched in the post-season, and he pitches the game of his life against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw. I don’t know . . . maybe hitters haven’t seen him. They just did not get a lot of looks (at his fastball) . . . the hitters just looked baffled.”

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