Around the horn: Tampa Bay Rays top Houston Astros for 2-0 ALCS lead
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The Astros got an early solo homer from Altuve to start scoring, but the Rays answered with one run in each of the fourth and fifth innings.
First, Arozarena homered.
Then, Zunino knocked in Willy Adames.
Blake Snell earned a six-hit win for the Rays, while relievers John Curtiss, Ryan Thompson and Aaron Loup held the Astros scoreless until Castillo spun a brilliant save.
BRAVES QUIET DODGERS’ BATS
The Los Angeles Dodgers rarely meet a pitching staff they don’t like.
But there wasn’t much to like for this fall’s World Series favourites Monday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.
Max Fried allowed just four hits and one run as the starter for the Atlanta Braves, while Chris Martin and Will Smith both came on to pitch hitless, scoreless innings in relief and closer Mark Melancon retired the side in the final frame to quiet the usually loud Dodgers bats in a Game 1, 5-1 decision.
Behind what’s been the best pitching in the playoffs, the Braves drew first blood in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.
The game wasn’t decided until the ninth inning, though, when the Braves broke through for four runs to cut apart a 1-1 deadlock. That’s when Austin Riley homered for the go-ahead run and Marcell Ozuna lined an RBI-single for insurance — both off losing pitcher Blake Treinen — and Ozzie Albies provided even more gravy with a two-run tater off Dodgers reliever Jake McGee.
In the first inning, Freddie Freeman hit a solo home run to give the Braves the lead off Dodgers ace Walker Buehler, who finished with seven strikeouts while allowing just one run and three hits over five innings.