Rays Smash Astros in Game 3; Stave Off Elimination

When Jose Altuve hit a solo homer for the Houston Astros in the top of the first-inning off of Charlire Morton, Houston thought they were going to breeze to a sweep in this series.

Instead, Kevin Kiermaier’s three-run homer in the second-inning for the Tampa Bay Rays off of Zack Greinke opened the door for Tampa Bay and they dominated in Game 3 by a score of 10-3.

Ji-Man Choi hit a solo homer in the next inning off of Greinke.

The Rays scored four more runs in the bottom of the fourth-inning on a Brandon Lowe solo homer off of Zack Greinke, Austin Meadows hit a two-run double, and Tommy Pham had an RBI single.

Yuli Gurriel hit a two-run single for the Astros in the sixth-inning.

Willy Adames hit a solo homer for Tampa Bay in the sixth-inning off of Wade Miley.

Travis d’Arnaud hit a sacrifice fly for the Tampa Bay Rays in the seventh-inning.

Charlie Morton (1-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for Tampa Bay. He pitched five innings and gave up three hits and one run. Morton walked two batters and struck out nine.

Zack Greinke (0-1) was the losing pitcher in this game for Houston. He pitched 3.2 innings and gave up five hits and six runs. Greinke walked one batter and struck out five.

The projected starting pitchers for Game 4 will be Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA) for the Houston Astros and Diego Castillo (5-8, 3.41 ERA) for the Tampa Bay Rays. That game will be on Tuesday afternoon at 4:15 p.m. Eastern if the Minnesota Twins beat the New York Yankees on Monday night.

If New York beats Minnesota, game time will then be set for 7:07 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday night.

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