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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?
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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.
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
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