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The Rays seem to like playing in elimination games

MLB: ALDS-Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Strong outing from Charlie Morton? Check.

The Rays’ most dependable starter of 2019 hurled 5 innings of one run ball, scattering 3 hits and striking out 9.

Offense waking up in a big way? Check.

Kevin Kiermaier opened the scoring for the Rays with a 3 run dinger off Zack Greinke. Soon thereafter, Ji-Man Choi and Brandon Lowe added homers of their own off the Astros vet. Willy Adames also took Wade Miley deep to make it 4 total on the day.

Shut down bullpen? Check.

Chaz Roe, Brendan McKay, Oliver Drake and Colin Poche combined for the remaining 4 innings and all looked great, sans a few flukey outcomes from Roe who allowed two runs.

For today? With the Twins getting eliminated by the Yankees in last night’s contest, the Rays get the primetime slot (first pitch 7:07) The starters? Verlander gets the ball again for the ‘Stros on short rest while the Rays have plans to turn to reliever Diego Castillo for the open.

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