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SAN DIEGO – Houston Astros just aren’t ready to go home.
The Astros, who have been reprimanded and cursed throughout the season, survived another day on Thursday with a dramatic 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
“Our next flight will be to Texas,” said Astros manager Dusty Baker, “but we don’t want the flight to go back to Houston, we want it to go to Dallas.”
The world series will be presented at the Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday.
Astros dropped 3 games to 0, but now make a realistic opportunity to travel from the World Series, following 3 games to 2.
Carlos Korea’s home in the ninth inning rose above the beam to force Game 6 of the American League of Champions League.
“I don’t want to go home yet,” Korea said. “So we had to do something about it.”
Korea’s host Nick Anderson was sixth of the 2020 season and 17th in 61 games after the season in his career.
The Astros are only the fourth team in baseball history to boost Game 6 after losing 3-0, joining the Boston Red Sox in 2004, the 1999 New York Mets and the 1998 Atlanta Braves.
The Red Sox, of course, are the only team to have overcome such a deficit.
“I know what the numbers look like,” said Astros right-back Josh Reddick, “but there’s always a chance. See what the Red Sox did. To quote the great Kevin Garnett: “Anything is possible.” “
George Springer led the game for Astros, hitting his first home turf, his 19th home career since the season, now tied with Albert Pujols for fourth all time.
Springer rounded third base and pointed to the apartment where third base coach Gary Pettis stood welcoming. This was the first game Pettis had personally seen after being treated for multiple myeloma.
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“I hope to bring them some luck,” Pettis said before the match.
The Asters are already lined up for Game 6 and probably Game 7 with Framber Valdes and Lance McCullers Jr., which gives them a chance.
“We believe,” said Astros manager Dusty Baker, who hugged Korea after the home game. “We believe.”
Astros used seven pitchers – five of them rookies – to win.
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