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Astros stay alive in ALCS, Dodgers thrash Braves

By Sports Desk October 14, 2020

The Houston Astros stayed alive in the MLB playoffs, while the Los Angeles Dodgers made history in a resounding win on Wednesday.

Staring at being swept in the American League Championship Series (ALCS), the Astros edged the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 to reduce the deficit to 3-1.

Zack Greinke delivered a fine start for the Astros, striking out seven across six innings and conceding five hits.

Jose Altuve crushed his 18th postseason home run and also had an RBI double in the third inning before Randy Arozarena's two-run homer brought the Rays level.

However, George Springer belted a two-run homer in the fifth as the Astros stayed alive in the playoffs.

Altuve and Stringer are tied for the most homers in the postseason for the Astros with 18.

The Dodgers thrashed Atlanta 15-3 to reduce the Braves' National League Championship Series (NLCS) lead to 2-1.

Max Muncy belted a grand slam and Joc Pederson hit a three-run homer in an 11-run first innings for the Dodgers

That marked the most ever runs scored in a single postseason inning.

Corey Seager went three-for-four with a home run and three RBIs for the Dodgers.

Braves starter Kyle Wright got through just 0.2 innings, giving up five hits and seven runs in the huge loss.

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    Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski and Douglas Costa scored following Tanguy Coulibaly's opener as Bayern overcame hosts Stuttgart on Saturday.

    Bayern claimed their 65th Bundesliga win against Stuttgart, while the titleholders have now conceded at least one goal in seven consecutive games in all competitions for the first time under head coach Hansi Flick.

    After Bayern stayed two points clear atop the table, Muller referenced the term "can they do it on a cold rainy night in Stoke" – an expression made famous by commentator Andy Gray in 2010-11.

    Muller – via BT Sport – said: "How do the British people say it? You have to show it on a windy night in Stoke?

    "Today it was not windy and Stuttgart is not Stoke but Stuttgart is a team that plays very well in the last few weeks.

    "We knew that today it could be tough. We didn't have a good start in the first half, we hit the post and then we [conceded] the goal.

    "But we turned it around, put everything in that we had and we won.

    "It's ok that we won but you are right when you say it was tough. It was not our best performance and not our easiest style of football.

    "But in the end it was three points in the pocket and the show must go on."

    Bayern have scored 31 goals in the first nine games of the season, matching the Bundesliga record set by Eintracht Frankfurt in 1974-75.

    Costa scored his first Bundesliga goal since March 2017, having re-joined Bayern from Juventus at the start of the season. It was already the fifth Bayern goal scored by a substitute – a league high.

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    "In the heat of the moment people are allowed to air their frustration and be angry for a second or two, but then it's over and done with, because it's just for the benefit of the team," Solskjaer said. 

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