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Correa Powers Astros Past A's 11-6 To Win ALDS

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr., left, celebrates with Michael Brantley (23), Josh Reddick (22) and others after the Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics in Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr., left, celebrates with Michael Brantley (23), Josh Reddick (22) and others after the Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics in Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Carlos Correa hit a goahead, threerun homer after Michael Brantleys tworun shot in the fourth inning, helping the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 116 on Thursday to win their homerun heavy AL Division Series in four games.

LOS ANGELES: Carlos Correa hit a go-ahead, three-run homer after Michael Brantleys two-run shot in the fourth inning, helping the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 11-6 on Thursday to win their home-run heavy AL Division Series in four games.

Correa drove in five as the Astros October villains to many a year after their sign-stealing scandal was exposed advanced to the AL Championship Series for the fourth consecutive season. It will be their first ALCS under Dusty Baker, their 71-year-old manager. Baker earned his first closeout win since the 2003 NL Division Series and improved to 4-13 in closeouts.

Houston will play either the New York Yankees or Tampa Bay Rays in the best-of-seven ALCS in San Diego. The Rays lead their ALDS 2-1.

The Astros and As combined for 24 homers 12 each the most in a postseason series of five games or fewer.

Houston clinched at Dodger Stadium, where it won the 2017 World Series in seven games. The Astros sign-stealing scheme used during their title run was revealed last year by former teammate and current As pitcher Mike Fiers, who didnt pitch in this series.

Cristian Javier (1-0) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief for Houston. Frankie Montas (0-1) allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings as Oakland’s starter.

YANKEES 5, RAYS 1

SAN DIEGO: Luke Voit and Gleyber Torres hit impressive home runs, Jordan Montgomery and three relievers combined on a three-hitter and New York beat Tampa Bay to force a deciding fifth game in their AL Division Series.

The Yankees bounced back from two straight losses against their AL East rivals to set up an expected showdown between aces Gerrit Cole of New York and Tyler Glasnow of Tampa Bay on Friday night.

The Game 5 winner will remain in San Diego to face the Houston Astros in the AL Championship Series starting Sunday night.

The Yankees are trying to reach the ALCS for the third time in four seasons following eliminations by the Astros at that stage in 2017 and last season. The Rays are trying to advance to the ALCS for the first time since 2008, when they made it to their only World Series.

Opener Ryan Thompson took the loss. He was chased after allowing DJ LeMahieus sacrifice fly for the second out of the second.

BRAVES 7, MARLINS 0

HOUSTON: Rookie Kyle Wright dazzled for six innings in his postseason debut, and Atlanta rode its superb pitching to beat Miami for a three-game sweep and its first trip to the NL Championship Series since 2001.

Atlanta had lost eight straight Division Series, including in each of the previous two seasons, before outscoring the Marlins 18-5, including 11-0 in the final two games. The Braves are 5-0 with a 0.92 ERA in the postseason, allowing five runs in 49 innings.

They will play the Los Angeles Dodgers or San Diego in the NLCS starting Monday in Arlington, Texas.

Wright (1-0) was sharp despite not pitching since Sept. 25, allowing three hits and walking two with a career-high seven strikeouts. A.J. Minter, Jacob Webb and Shane Greene finished the five-hitter to give the Braves four shutouts in five playoff games.

Marlins rookie Sixto Snchez (0-1) walked Ronald Acua Jr. to start the third, and Acua stole second before advancing to third on a single by Freddie Freeman. Marcell Ozuna laced a single that scored Acua.

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