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2019 Division Series: Astros Shut Down Rays to Clinch

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Thursday was the final day of Division Series action with Game 5 of the American League Division Series between the Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros.

Astros 6, Rays 1 (box score)

W: Gerrit Cole
L: Tyler Glasnow

Cy Young Award candidate Cole won the battle of Pittsburgh Pirates draftees versus Glasnow, striking out ten Rays in 8.0 IP.

Glasnow only lasted 2.2 IP, allowing four runs on five hits. He appeared to be tipping pitches as the first four Houston batters reached on consecutive base hits.

The game’s biggest blow came on a double by INF Alex Bregman to score OF Michael Brantley and INF José Altuve in the bottom of the 1st.

Brantley went 2-3 with two runs scored and 1 RBI on a solo home run in the 8th inning.

The Astros will move on to face the Yankees in the American League Championship series starting on Saturday at 8:08 PM ET in Houston. Matchup: TBD.

The National League Championship Series begins tonight between the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis at 8:08 PM ET. Matchup: Aníbal Sánchez (11-8, 3.85 ERA) vs. Miles Mikolas (9-14, 4.16 ERA).

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