Astros force Game 6 on Correa’s walk-off shot

Carlos Correa belted a walk-off home run in the ninth inning Thursday, keeping the Houston Astros alive in the American League Championship Series with a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 at San Diego.The Rays, who have now lost two in a row, still lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 heading to Game 6 on Friday.The game-ending blast came off Nick Anderson (0-1), who had entered a tie game in the last of the eighth and retired all four batters he faced before Correa unleashed his towering shot to center field.The walk-off win was the Astros’ first this postseason, and the walk-off defeat was the Rays’ first in the 2020 playoffs. Correa collected his sixth homer of the postseason, tying the single-season postseason record for shortstops set by the San Francisco Giants’ Rich Aurilia in 2002.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.Astros closer Ryan Pressly (1-0), who stranded the potential go-ahead run on second base in the top of the ninth, earned the win.The game was dominated by solo home runs, including three by the Rays, capped by Ji-Man Choi’s game-tying bomb to lead off the top of the eighth.Brandon Lowe and Randy Arozarena hit earlier homers for Tampa Bay, Lowe’s tying the game at 1-1 in the third and Arozarena’s getting the Rays within 3-2 in the fifth.