In a matchup of crafty 35-year-old pitchers who are no strangers to the postseason stage, Charlie Morton and the Rays outpitched Zack Greinke and the Astros Monday afternoon, winning 10-3 in Game 3 to stay alive in their American League Division Series matchup.
In their first home playoff game since 2013, the Rays thrilled a rare large, loud crowd by driving Greinke from the game in the fourth inning on their way to a rout of the AL’s top seed.
Game 4 will be played Tuesday at Tropicana Field. It will start at 4:15 p.m. ET if there is a Game 4 in the Yankees-Twins series and 7:07 p.m. ET if that series concludes Monday night.
Three takeaways from Rays’ season-saving Game 3 win
Greinke goes south
The Astros had every reason to believe Greinke would follow the dominant path carved by Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole as he made his first postseason start for Houston on Monday. The veteran’s last regular-season start was his most effective this season, as he allowed just three baserunners and struck out nine in 8 1/3 shutout innings against the Mariners. And the Rays’ offense had been nonexistent in the first two games of the series, hitting a combined .177 and failing to score off Verlander and Cole in their 14 2/3 total innings of work.
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