Sorry, Houston. But the Boston Red Sox’s 2004 turnaround over the New York Yankees will stand alone in Major League Baseball history.
The Astros on Saturday squandered a chance to complete the comeback in Game 7 from being down 3-1 if the American League Championship Series.
And with that, the Tampa Bay Rays are advancing to the World Series for the first time since 2008 after a 4-2 win at Petco Park in San Diego, Calif.
Charlie Morton had an excellent start for Tampa Bay, which he probably wishes was extended a bit.
Charlie Morton joins John Smoltz (1991) as the only pitchers ever with MULTIPLE career starts of 5+ scoreless in a Game 7. pic.twitter.com/RlFQvV3CfE— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) October 18, 2020
The pitcher went 5 2/3 innings giving up two hits and a walk with six strikeouts.
And meanwhile, their offense got off to a hot start to get the early edge. Rookie sensation Randy Arozarena made history with the seventh home run of his postseason, with a two-run blast in the first inning.
RAYS STRIKE FIRST! Randy Arozarena's 2-run homer gives the Rays the early lead pic.twitter.com/PYMu9BlCzp— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 18, 2020
Mike Zunino followed that up with a solo shot in the second to give the Rays the eventual 3-0 victory.
CHOMP CHOMP pic.twitter.com/CVLM6VT3vo— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) October 18, 2020
Tampa Bay advances to the World Series for the first time since 2008, but looks to capture its first title in team history riding out a 41-20 record.
The Houston, meanwhile, ends its season at 29-32.
Rays Rookie Randy Arozarena Makes MLB History In ALCS Game 7 Vs. Astros
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