Rays Thwart Astros’ Comeback and Reach Their Second World Series

The Tampa Bay Rays escaped from the brink on Saturday, reaching their second World Series with a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series in San Diego.

The Rays, who had the A.L.’s best record in the abbreviated regular season, at 40-20,  had been in danger of joining the 2004 Yankees as the only teams in baseball history to lose a best-of-seven series after taking a 3-0 lead. But the Rays took an early lead and held off Houston, leaving the Boston Red Sox as the only team to complete such a comeback.

“The Astros had all the momentum; it was up to us to change it around,” Rays Manager Kevin Cash said, adding later, “What it says about the club is, we’re a really good team and we can withstand some lumps. All good teams show the ability to rebound, and we did.”

Tampa Bay’s only previous World Series appearance came in 2008, when the Rays fell in five games to the Philadelphia Phillies. They will face the winner of Game 7 of the National League Championship Series on Sunday between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves.

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