Correa homer keeps Astros alive against Rays, Braves bounce back

Tanya Simon
October 16, 2020

Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw fell apart in the sixth inning and was tagged for four runs.

The homer came at the end of a day on which Correa's teammate George Springer crushed the Rays' first offering of the first inning for a home run, giving the Astros the lead in a game in which they never trailed.

A six-run sixth inning catapulted the Braves to victory as Freddie Freeman, Marcell Ozuna, Dansby Swanson, Austin Riley and Cristian Pache all brought in runs.

"I simply thought Kershaw was throwing the baseball very well, and there was no motive", Roberts advised reporters when requested about not going to his bullpen earlier. The National League (NL) and the American League (AL) are close to determining who will take their respective Championship Series (CS), and at least one of the two could be decided today.

Kershaw was scratched from the Game 2 start because of back spasms, and Roberts made a decision to stick with left-hander Julio Uras for Game 3 against Atlanta on Wednesday night.

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Following losses by the Dodgers in the first two games, the three-time NL Cy Young Award victor threw in the outfield before Game 3. Atlanta can taste the victory and, with three games still on tap, it only needs to win one of them to advance to the World Series.

In the later game, the Atlanta Braves whipped the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-2 to take a 3-1 lead in their series. He tied the big league record for homers by a rookie in a single postseason set by Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria in 2008, the only time the team reached the World Series.

Tampa Bay won the first three games of the ALCS, but is now in a dogfight after two straight losses.

By the top of it, Kershaw's profession playoff ERA had grown to four.31 ERA with an 11-12 report in 35 video games.

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