Rays oust Astros, reach second World Series


    RANDY Arozarena crushed a two-run home run and the Tampa Bay Rays held on for a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series in San Diego on Saturday night, sending the AL East champs to the World Series.

    WELL DONE: Rays relief pitcher Peter Fairbanks celebrates with catcher Mike Zunino in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series. REUTERS PHOTO

    The win came after the Rays had seen the Astros erase a 3-0 deficit in the best-of-seven series with three straight wins, and earned Tampa Bay a shot at either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Atlanta Braves in the World Series beginning on Tuesday night (Wednesday in Manila) in Arlington, Texas.

    Corey Seager and Justin Turner hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning as the Dodgers completed their rebound from a slow start in the National League Championship Series to force a deciding Game 7 with a 3-1 victory over the Braves at Arlington, Texas.

    Dodgers starter Walker Buehler helped make a three-run first inning hold up by pitching six scoreless innings. He gave up seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts.