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After falling behind 3-0 in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series, the Houston Astros have won two in a row to force a Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Carlos Correa hit a walk-off home run in the ninth inning of Game 5 to extend the series, a dramatic blast that has the Astros dreaming of pulling off an unbelievable comeback. Houston is just the fourth team in baseball history to force a Game 6 after trailing 3-0, but only one – the 2004 Boston Red Sox – managed to come all the way back to win a series.
Tampa Bay, the top seed in the AL, has two more chances to secure the league championship and reach the World Series for the second time in franchise history.
Here’s everything you need to need to know for Friday’s Game 6:
Time: 6:07 p.m. ET
TV channel: TBS
Betting odds: SportsBookWire.usatoday.com
The Astros give the ball to left-hander Framber Valdez (postseason: 2-1, 18 IP, 2.00 ERA, 17 K) in Game 6. Valdez pitched well but took the loss in Game 1 of the series, giving up two runs with eight strikeouts in six innings.
Lefty Blake Snell (postseason: 2-1, 15⅔ IP, 2.87 ERA, 15 K) takes the mound for the Rays on Friday trying to finally close out the series. Snell, the 2018 AL Cy Young winner, won the ALCS opener, surrendering one earned run in five innings of work.