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2023 MLB Playoffs, LCS Day 6: Phillies vs. D-backs live updates

2023 MLB Playoffs, LCS Day 6: Phillies vs. D-backs live updates

espnOctober 20, 2023 at 09:50 PM ET2 min read

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It’s day six of the championship series and we have an exciting series in both leagues.

The Texas Rangers suffered a devastating loss on Friday, as Jose Altuve scored a go-ahead three-run home run in the ninth inning to secure a 5-4 win for the Houston Astros. The ALCS will return to Houston with the Astros one win away from a chance to defend their title.

In the National League, it looked as if the Arizona Diamondbacks were done with the Philadelphia Phillies beating them 10-0 in Game 2 at Citizens Bank Park, but the D-backs stormed out of home in Game 3 to clinch the title. The series to 2-1. Can they even the series with a win today?

We’ve got you covered with everything you need to know, from lineups to updates, live in-game analysis and takeaways from the final pitch after the final pitch.

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Astros 5, Rangers 4: No team is better at ignoring outside noise, overcoming adversity and coming out on top than these stars, and that was never more evident than in the closing stages of Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. Adelis Garcia put the Rangers ahead with a three-run homer in the sixth inning, then sparked a bench-clearing incident after being hit by a fastball on the first pitch two innings later, going after Astros catcher Martin Maldonado in the process.

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The Astros appear to be imploding. It looked like the Rangers would be one win away from the pennant. Then Houston stepped up. Yanner Diaz led off the ninth with a single, John Singleton drew a walk with a bunt, and then Jose Altuve, playing in his 100th career postseason game the night before, delivered a three-run homer that gave his team the advantage. Lead again. The Astros — in the ALCS for the seventh straight year, losers of the first two games of this series at home — are one win away from their fifth trip to the World Series since 2017. Amazing. -Alden Gonzalez