The Houston Astros had a ton of pressure on themselves heading into Game 5 at home of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa Bay had everything to gain and Houston had everything to lose.
The Astros took care of business early by scoring four runs in the first-inning and Houston won Game 5 over the Rays by a score of 6-1.
Jose Altuve had an RBI single, Alex Bregman had a two-run double, and Yuli Gurriel had an RBI single in that first-inning for the Houston Astros.
Tampa Bay responded in the second-inning on a solo homer by Eric Sogard.
The pitching would then take over the game, until Houston hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth-inning by Michael Brantley and Jose Altuve off of Emilio Pagan.
Gerrit Cole (2-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for the Astros. He pitched eight strong innings and gave up two hits and one run. Cole walked two batters and struck out 10.
Tyler Glasnow (0-2) was the losing pitcher in this game for the Tampa Bay Rays. He pitched 2.2 innings and gave up five hits and four runs. Glasnow didn’t walk any batters and he struck out three.
For the third consecutive season, Houston will advance to the ALCS. They lost to the Boston Red Sox in five games in the ALCS last season.
The Houston Astros will face the New York Yankees in the ALCS for the second time in three seasons. Houston beat them in seven games in 2017 en route to winning their first World Series Title in franchise history against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the road in seven games.
Game 1 between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees will be on Saturday night.