Around the horn: Inspired Houston Astros force Game 7 in ALCS


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Rays starter Blake Snell took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits. Stopper Diego Castillo couldn’t spell Snell without giving up two more runs. And then Shane McClanahan came on and surrendered three more.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 16: Manuel Margot #13 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a solo home run off Cristian Javier #53 of the Houston Astros during the seventh inning in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at PETCO Park on October 16, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Manuel Margot of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a solo home run off Cristian Javier of the Houston Astros during the seventh inning in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series at PETCO Park on October 16, 2020 in San Diego, California. Photo by Sean M. Haffey /Getty Images

DODGERS STICK AROUND

It was Will Smith vs. Will Smith that decided Game 5 between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Who won the battle?

You guessed it … Will Smith.

Er … the one with the bat from the Dodgers — that’s Will Smith from L.A. (not Will Smith, the actor, from Bel Air) — who blasted a three-run shot in the sixth inning off the Braves pitcher by the same name to keep the lads from La La Land alive in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.

Smith’s homer, a patient at-bat after teammate Max Muncy sported the same approach to get a walk to follow Justin Turner’s single, put the Dodgers up for the first time in Saturday’s fifth game and catapulted them to the 7-3 victory at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

“That was a great AB,” said Dodgers teammate Corey Seager. “Will battled his (butt) off.”

It keeps the Dodgers alive in the hunt for the World Series they so dearly covet, with Game 6 of the NLCS due up Saturday.

In true Dodgers fashion, they didn’t stop after the sixth-inning rally, matching the three-spot in that frame with a seventh-inning flurry. Mookie Betts singled to score Chris Taylor, and Seager blasted a two-run homer.

Early on, it was the Braves in control, after Travis d’Arnaud’s sacrifice fly scored Freddie Freeman in the first and Cristian Pache’s line-drive single plated Dansby Swanson in the second.



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