You can only win one game at a time in baseball, and that is just the mantra the Oakland A’s would have had going into Game 3 of their ALDS with the Houston Astros on Wednesday. Having lost each of the first two games, they knew they would have to win that one to stay alive. They did just that, rallying late to win 9-7 in a high-octane match up. After five innings, the Astros led 7-4 and looked as if they were headed to the ALCS. However, a three-run homer from Chad Pinder in the seventh evened matters up.
A pair of sac flys then came in the eighth, with Pinder’s being the second that gave them a bit of insurance as they took a tiny step closer to possibly advancing. In the other ALDS series, it was the Tampa Bay Rays that took control on Wednesday as they downed the New York Yankees 8-4. Kevin Kiermaier hit a three-run homer in the fourth to give them a 4-1 lead and Randy Arozarena also hit one an inning later to continue his fine hitting form. The lead stretched to as much as 8-2 at one stage, and they now need one win in two games to make it to the ALCS over their AL East foes.