The Houston Astros were on their deathbed before Game 3 – now all the momentum is theirs.
The Astros won Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Thursday to even the series at two games apiece.
The Texas Rangers won both games played in Houston earlier this week, so the Astros were down 2-0 before even playing a road game. Houston has struggled at home all season, but they have also dominated on the road, and that’s what they continued to do Thursday in their 10-3 victory.
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The Astros bats got going from the start of the game. Jose Altuve doubled, Mauricio Dubon singled, Alex Bregman tripled and Yordan Alvarez singled to bring in three runs for the Astros before an out was recorded as Andrew Heaney couldn’t get out of first sleeve.
But Texas managed to pull through. In the second inning, Adolis Garcia hit a solo home run to get the Rangers on the board, and a sac fly by Josh Jung brought in their second run. In the next frame, Corey Seager equalized with his own solo shot.
However, Houston turned it on in the fourth. Alvarez missed a grand slam by about a foot, but he had to live with a sac fly that gave the Astros a 4-3 lead. The next batter, Jose Abreu, made sure his hard-hit ball would never be the lead again, however, blasting a three-run homer to give the Astros a four-run lead.
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Chas McCormick added a two-run blast in the seventh and Alvarez drove in another RBI with a single in the eighth.
Jose Urquidy lasted just 2.1 innings, but the Astros’ bullpen of Ryne Stanek, Hunter Brown, Phil Maton and Rafael Montero combined for 6.2 scoreless innings in relief.
Altuve had three hits and Alvarez’s two hits brought his postseason average to .419. Dubon is also hitting .471 in the postseason.
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Jordan Montgomery will look to continue his excellent pitching and get the Rangers back into the win column, while future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander will aim to bring his Astros within one win of their third straight World Series appearance.