After avoiding a series sweep last night, the Houston Astros continued their comeback attempt in Game 6 of the American League National Series held at PetCo Park in San Diego, California. At Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, decorated lefty ace Clayton Kershaw took the ball for the Los Angeles Dodgers as they sought to even the National League Championship Series.
Rays lead 3-2
Houston jumped on the board early thanks to a leadoff home run by George Springer. The Rays tied the game soon afterwards with a dinger from Brandon Lowe, whose bat had been quiet so far in the postseason. In the bottom of the 3rd, Michael Brantley gave the Astros a two-run advantage with a two-run single. Randy Arozarena continued his postseason heroics with another bomb in the 5th, and Tampa would tie the game again late with Ji-Man Choi’s solo shot in the 8th inning.
The game remained tied into the bottom of the 9th inning, when Carlos Correa went yard, giving Houston a walkoff victory.
The cheaters will seek to force a Game 7 with a victory tomorrow. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:07 PM ET. Framber Valdez (5-3, 3.57 ERA) will face 2018 Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell (4-2, 3.24 ERA).
Braves lead 3-1
W: Bryse Wilson; L: Kershaw
Kershaw was originally scheduled to start Game 2 but was scratched with back spasms. He made his appearance instead in a crucial Game 4 with one more chance to save his reputation for underperforming in the postseason. He lasted 5.0 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and was outpitched by Wilson, who had only 42.2 MLB innings in regular season action prior to Game 4. Wilson posted a quality start, allowing just one run on one hit with one walk and five strikeouts in 6.0 IP.
Edwin Ríos opened the scoring for the Dodgers with a 1st inning solo home run, and Marcell Ozuna drove in the Braves’ first run with his own solo blast to left in the 4th inning. Atlanta broke through in a big way in the 6th inning against Kershaw and Brusdar Graterol, who was called in to put out the flames, rallying for six runs. Ozuna would contribute to that rally with an RBI single and added on to the Atlanta lead with a solo shot in the 7th inning as well as an RBI single in the 8th inning. He finished the night 4-5 with three runs scored and four RBI.
Los Angeles will strive to dig themselves out of the 3-1 hole tomorrow night at 9:08 PM ET. Matchups remain TBD.