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Video: Astros score three runs on Michael Brantley’s Little League home run

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Good hitting by Astros outfielder Michael Brantley and bad Orioles defense led to a significant lead change in the top of the ninth inning on Sunday afternoon in Baltimore. The Astros trailed 5-4, but had runners on first and second with no outs as Brantley faced Mychal Givens. With a 1-2 count, Brantley laced an inside fastball down the right field line. Right fielder Anthony Santander had trouble getting the ball out of the corner, then made a weak throw to the cutoff man. Not only did two runs score, Brantley also scored on what was ultimately ruled a triple and a throwing error on Santander.

The Orioles were able to fight back in the bottom of the ninth against closer Roberto Osuna, however. Jace Peterson led off with a double and Chance Cisco was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners with one out. Chris Davis brought home a run with a sacrifice fly, then Rio Ruiz hit a walk-off two-run home run. Despite the awful defensive sequence at the top of the inning, the O’s still went home winners.

Yankees, Astros lineups for ALCS Game 6

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Things haven’t gone quite according to plan for the Astros, who missed the opportunity to clinch the American League Championship Series after losing 4-1 to the Yankees in Game 5 on Friday. Still just one win away from a World Series invitation, they’ll try their luck again on Saturday night.

Neither lineup has been significantly altered for Game 6. The Yankees will try to push the series to a final Game 7 with right-hander Chad Green, backed by this configuration:

1. DJ LeMahieu (R) 1B
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF
3. Gleyber Torres (R) 2B
4. Aaron Hicks (S) CF
5. Edwin Encarnación (R) DH
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
7. Gary Sánchez (R) C
8. Gio Urshela (R) 3B
9. Brett Gardner (L) LF

The Astros, meanwhile, will send Brad Peacock to the mound in what figures to be a bullpen game for both sides, marking the righty’s first official postseason start since the 2017 ALDS. Martín Maldonado is back in the lineup, as is Josh Reddick, while both Robinson Chirinos and Jack Marisnick will be available off the bench.

1. George Springer (R) CF
2. José Altuve (R) 2B
3. Michael Brantley (L) LF
4. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
5. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
6. Carlos Correa (R) SS
7. Yordan Álvarez (L) DH
8. Martín Maldonado (R) C
9. Josh Reddick (L) RF

Starting tonight, the ALCS returns to Houston for Game 6 and a potential Game 7. Game time is set for 8:08 PM EDT.