Two crucial ALDS Game 3 games will be aired on Fox on Tuesday.
Earlier, the Astros were in Minnesota with two homers from Jose Abreu and one homer each from Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez, and the Minnesota Twins occupies a dominant position. Christian Javier pitched in and out of five scoreless innings as the defending World Series champions took a 2-1 series lead.
The Rangers will have the opportunity to become the first team to qualify for the ALCS. They won the first two games of the series in Baltimore, leading the Orioles 2-0 in the series. Josh Jung hit a game-clinching home run in Game 1, and the Rangers won 3-2. Mitch Garver helped the Rangers win in Game 2, hitting a grand slam in the third inning before defeating the Orioles 11-8.
The Orioles, who finished the season with the best record in the AL, will put Dean Cramer (13-5, 4.12 ERA) on the mound in an attempt to salvage their season. The Rangers will have their top regular-season pitcher on the mound, sending out Nathan Eovaldi (12-5, 3.63 ERA) to try to win the series. Game 1 will be at 8:03 PM ET on FOX and the FOX Sports app.
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Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers (8:03 p.m. ET, FOX and FOX Sports app)
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Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins (FOX and FOX Sports App)
Astros strike first
Kyle Tucker opened the scoring in Game 3 with a single to left field, taking advantage of the runner in scoring position.
Astros added to it
Just after Tucker scored on a single, Jose Abreu got the Astros on a curve in the first inning. He destroyed Sonny Gray’s sweeper in left field to give the Astros a 4-0 lead in the first inning.
Astros rough beat Sonny Gray on Kyle Tucker’s RBI single and Jose Abreu’s three-run homer
Twins fans get in on the action too
In the first postseason game with a game clock, Twins fans tried to use it to their advantage in the first inning, trying to upset Christian Javier while the clock counted down.
Get rid of early troubles
The Twins threatened to cut the Astros’ 4-0 lead in the first inning, putting runners in scoring position. But Javier struck out Carlos Correa with a high fastball to end the inning.
Bregman hits a shot
After a few scoreless innings, the Astros got back on their feet in the third when Alex Bregman scored a Gray Yard. The Astros star third baseman’s solo hit just sailed over the left field fence and landed in one of the front rows of the stands, making it 5-0.
Alex Bregman hits solo homer to extend Astros lead over Twins
Bregman then hit a home run with Tom Verducci.
To tip or not to tip?
After the Astros went on a 5-0 run, the Twins created a scoring threat in the bottom half of the fifth, but not without controversy.
With two runners on and one out, Jorge Polanco faced a 3-2 score with a chance to score or load the bases. He checked his swing on Javier’s 3-2 changeup, which dropped to the bottom of the zone for his fourth pitch. However, Polanco’s swing looked like he made contact with the ball from another angle, which upset multiple Astros players.
Javier escapes trouble again
While there’s some controversy over how the Twins get on base, that’s not an issue for Javier. The Astros rightfully got out of another jam in the fifth inning.
First, he ruled it out by asking Maxi Kepler to look at the curve of his knuckles on the third hit. In the next at-bat, Javier retired Royce Lewis on a slider outside the zone and struck out to end the inning.
Javier’s two strikeouts gave him nine on the day. They were also the last two batters Javier faced in Game 3, finishing his day with five scoreless innings, one hit and five walks.
Bregman brings another home
Kenta Maeda couldn’t stop the bleeding for the Twins. When he entered the game in the sixth inning, he allowed a walk and a hit on the first two batters he faced. After getting Jose Altuve out, Bregman hit a single and Maeda gave up a run, extending the Astros’ lead to 6-0.
Minnesota gets on board
The Twins were finally able to score when Javier’s day came to an end in the fifth inning. After one hit and four balls, Willi Castro’s single to right gave the Twins their first win of the day, setting up Correa at second. Correa) scored to make the score 6-1.
The Twins threatened to add more runs as they tied the game 6-1. But again, the Astros stepped up. This time, Jeremy Peña made a diving stop at shortstop, caught a hard grounder from Ryan Jeffers, flipped the ball to second, and then flipped it to second. One, ended the game with a 6-4-3 double play.
Jeremy Peña’s diving steal starts Astros’ double play against Twins
Yordan Álvarez hit his fourth home run in three games this postseason to give Houston another home run, passing FOX Sports’ AJ Pierzynski, It became the second-highest home run in Division Series history.
Jose Abreu On to the upper deck!
Abreu hit his second home run of the day to give Houston a 9-1 lead, a home run that came after he nearly hit in the first inning. Abreu had five RBIs on two home runs Tuesday.
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