The Astros have given MLB its most-hated heel since the Yankees of the early 2000s and are on the brink of making an improbable World Series appearance that would infuriate most of the baseball world.
Houston forced Saturday night’s ALCS Game 7 by winning three straight games over the Rays to level a series it once trailed 3-0. The club has been pilloried all season following the revelation it engaged in an electronic sign-stealing scheme in previous campaigns.
Tampa Bay posted the best record in the AL during the regular season, while the Astros went 29-31. Contributions from George Springer, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa have bridged the disparity between teams over the past three contests.
The Rays are starting former Astros pitcher Charlie Morton. Houston is giving the ball to Lance McCullers.
Morton and McCullers engaged in a pitching duel in Game 2. Morton went five scoreless frames in that contest, and McCullers struck out 11 batters in seven innings.
Sporting News is tracking Game 7 between the Astros and Rays with live updates, highlights and commentary. Follow along below for complete results.
Astros vs. Rays score
Astros vs. Rays live updates, highlights for ALCS Game 7
9:35 p.m.: Meadows hits an inning-ending flyout.
9:30 p.m.: Altuve boots a ground ball but still gets the force out at second base. Two down.
9:28 p.m.: Lowe bunts for a hit. Arozarena grounds into a fielder’s choice and stands on first with one out.
9:27 p.m.: Have to think McCullers’ leash is short moving forward. Any trouble and he might get pulled.
9:25 p.m.: Morton twirls a seven-pitch inning. He looks really good.
9:20 p.m.: McCullers strikes out the next two batters and we’re through two innings in San Diego.
9:15 p.m.: Mike Zunino hits a solo home run to extend Tampa Bay’s lead to 3-0.
9:08 p.m.: Morton sets down the Astros in order.
9:04 p.m.: Adames robs Alex Bregman of a hit with a nifty play at shortstop.
9 p.m.: Willy Adames strikes out to end the frame. McCullers needed 30 pitches to get through the inning.
8:58 p.m.: Ji-Man Choi draws a walk after an Austin Meadows strikeout.
8:57 p.m.: Arozarena has seven postseason home runs now.
8:52 p.m.: RANDY AROZARENA DOES IT AGAIN. TWO-RUN HOME RUN.
8:49 p.m.: Lowe strikes out. One gone with Margot still on first base.
8:48 p.m.: Brandon Lowe, the No. 2 hitter for the Rays, has been awful during the postseason. His stellar regular-season play has kept him high in the lineup. A hit here would really kickstart an early rally.
8:47 p.m.: Lance McCullers drills Manuel Margot in the back on his first offering of the game.
8:43 p.m.: Carlos Correa strikes out on a pitch in the dirt to end the top of the first.
8:42 p.m.: Michael Brantley delivers an opposite-field single with two outs. Classic Brantley at-bat.
8:35 p.m.: Charlie Morton’s the first pitch is outside and Game 7 is underway.
Astros vs. Rays start time
- First pitch: 8:35 p.m. ET
- TV channel: TBS
- Live stream: Watch TBS
Game 7 between the Astros and Rays is scheduled to start at 8:35 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast nationally on TBS.
World Series schedule 2020
The 2020 World Series will take place exclusively in Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. It’s the only postseason series in 2020 that has built-in off days, as well.
In years past, World Series first pitch usually occurs around 8:07 p.m. ET, so expect that for 2020.
|Date||Game||Start time||TV channel|
|Tuesday, Oct. 20||Game 1||TBD||Fox|
|Wednesday, Oct. 21||Game 2||TBD||Fox|
|Friday, Oct. 23||Game 3||TBD||Fox|
|Saturday, Oct. 24||Game 4||TBD||Fox|
|Sunday, Oct. 25||Game 5*||TBD||Fox|
|Tuesday, Oct. 27||Game 6*||TBD||Fox|
|Wednesday, Oct. 28||Game 7*||TBD||Fox|