Rays bounce back to beat Yankees, Astros put A’s on brink of elimination

Published October 7, 2020, 2:29 PM

by Agence-France-Presse

Tyler Glasnow of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers the pitch against the New York Yankees during the first inning in Game Two of the American League Division Series at PETCO Park on October 06, 2020 in San Diego, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Tyler Glasnow and three other pitchers combined for 18 strikeouts and the batting order erupted for four homers as the Tampa Bay Rays rebounded from a Game 1 loss to beat the New York Yankees, 7-5, in their AL Division Series on Tuesday.

Rays right-hander Glasnow struck out a franchise playoff-record 10 batters in five-plus innings. He gave up four runs and three hits while walking three as the Ray levelled the best of five series at 1-1.

Randy Arozarena slugged a homer for the second straight game, Mike Zunino and Manuel Margot drilled two run shots, and Austin Meadows hit a solo home run for the Rays, who equalled a club playoff record with four long balls.

Game 3 is Wednesday night at Petco Park in San Diego. The Yankees easily won game one 9-3 on Monday.

New York star Giancarlo Stanton homered in his fourth consecutive playoff game, including a towering 460-foot, three-run drive that cleared the upper deck in the fourth inning. 

Stanton’s four straight homers, ties for the third-longest streak in a single postseason. He now trails only Daniel Murphy, six in 2015, and Carlos Beltran, five in 2004.

George Springer (right) and Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros celebrate a 5-2 win against the Oakland Athletics in Game Two of the American League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Also, George Springer hammered two home runs and Framber Valdez won the battle of the lefties as the Houston Astros moved to within one win of reaching their fourth straight AL Championship Series with a 5-2 win over the Oakland A’s.

Left handed starter Valdez gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings and fanned four batters for the Astros, who will try to sweep the best of five series on Wednesday at the neutral Dodger Stadium site in Los Angeles.

“With every victory, the energy and the confidence grows,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “We’re expecting good things to happen.”

Houston grabbed a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning on Martin Maldonado’s home run that knocked Oakland lefty Sean Manaea from the contest. Springer then smacked the first pitch from Oakland relief pitcher Yusmeiro Petit over the left field wall.

Manaea surrendered four runs on five hits over 4 1/3 innings with one walk and two strikeouts.

The Astros belted three homers Tuesday, one day after hitting three in a game one victory at the same southern California ballpark. 

Springer’s two-homer performance followed a multi-homer game from teammate Carlos Correa on Monday. The Astros and A’s have combined for 11 home runs in both games. 

Elsewhere, Travis d’Arnaud broke a seventh-inning tie with a home run as the Atlanta Braves exploded for six runs in the seventh en route to a 9-5 victory over the Miami Marlins in game one of their NL series in Texas. 

Dansby Swanson also hit a homer in the seventh. Ronald Acuna led off the first with a home run and Marcell Ozuna drove in two runs with a single and a double for the second-seeded Braves, who won for the third straight time in the playoffs after sweeping the Cincinnati Reds in the first round.