Astros' Jose Altuve named MVP of AL Championship Series

Houston Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole against the New York Yankees in the 2019 ALCS

Houston Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole against the New York Yankees in the 2019 ALCS

Now New York needs two more in Houston, starting with the bullpen-vs. -bullpen battle of Game 6.

Trailing 4-2, Gio Urshela started a Yankees rally in the ninth with a leadoff single and LeMahieu homered to right two batters later to tie the game on the 10th pitch of his at-bat, a 3-2 cutter that was over the middle of the plate.

A night after the Yankees made four errors in one of their messier games this season during an 8-3 loss, Paxton fell behind after 14 pitches.

Urquidy started seven of the nine regular-season games he appeared in and had a record of 2-1 with a 3.95 ERA.

It's wonderful what a few seconds of air time can do for a person. Anybody can be forgiven a bad inning from anybody once in five years, but having it happen in the first inning of an elimination game was definitely not what anybody in the Astros' dugout - or Yankee Stadium - expected.

With the Astros up three games to two over the Yankees, manager A.J.

He had a solo home run in the top of the first inning of Game 3, propelling the Astros to a 4-1 win as the series shifted to NY.

Hicks ended a stretch of 15 straight hitless at-bats for the Yankees with runners in scoring position. Right fielder Josh Reddick dived for Brett Gardner's liner for the second out of the sixth.

NY was 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position and 3 for 24 over the final five games of the series.

Altuve had a big series with the bat in general.

Houston could have used Gerrit Cole for Game 6, but the Astros will save him for a potential do-or-die game on Sunday. He has a 4.73 ERA in eight career postseason appearances with one start.

Happ finally turned his season around in September, then was completely dissed in the playoffs not getting a start. NY would start RHP Luis Severino in a Game 7. Houston is 54-22 in its last 76 games overall. Verlander struck out Giancarlo Stanton, who went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts after missing three games with a strained right quadriceps.

Like Hinch, Boone isn't revealing who will be his first reliever to take the mound, only saying that they would discuss it on the plane to Houston.

A stat to impress your friends: According to Elias Sports Bureau data, Game 5 of the ALCS marked the first game in Major League Baseball history - across all 1,609 games ever played in the postseason - in which both teams scored in the first inning and then went scoreless the rest of the way. The runs were Houston's first with two outs in the series.

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