The Houston Astros are three-quarters of the way toward becoming legends. After three games of their ALCS series with the Tampa Bay Rays, they were all but done, buried under the rubble of a 3-0 deficit. But they never quit, and they suddenly have put three wins in a row together, including Friday’s 7-4 win. It was not easy to take Game 6, but they got it done in large part due to a strong fifth inning.
They had fallen behind 1-0 to the Rays, but that frame put them clear of the danger. George Springer kicked it all off with a two-run single. Then Jose Altuve doubled him in, and that was followed up by Game 5 hero Carlos Correa’s single to make it 4-1. They added to the lead in the sixth with a solo home run from Kyle Tucker and also got an additional run an inning later. The Rays did their best to fight back from being down 7-1, but all they could manage in the end was a 7-4 defeat. With the win, the Astros joined the ‘04 Red Sox as the only teams to have ever come back from a 3-0 hole to force a Game 7. Now the question will be whether or not they can complete the journey and win the series like Boston did.