Astros avoid big sweep

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    GEORGE Springer hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the fifth inning to back a gutsy start from Zack Greinke as the Houston Astros avoided a sweep with a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday night at San Diego.

    Jose Altuve also homered and drove in a pair for the Astros, who extended the best-of-seven series. Greinke (1-0) allowed two runs on five hits over six innings, walking one and striking out seven in his first postseason win in 11 starts dating back to 2015.

    Game 5 will be played Thursday (Friday in Manila).

    In the other game, the Los Angeles Dodgers set a postseason single-inning scoring record, erupting for 11 runs in the top of the first en route to a 15-3 thrashing of the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series in Arlington, Texas.