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Kevin Kiermaier and Charlie Morton lead Rays to win over Astros in Game 3 of ALDS

Tampa Bay’s Willy Adames, left, celebrates with teammate Avisail Garcia after hitting a solo home run.
Tampa Bay’s Willy Adames, left, celebrates with teammate Avisail Garcia after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning in a 10-3 win over the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS.
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Kevin Kiermaier hit a go-ahead, three-run homer as Tampa Bay teed off on Zack Greinke, and the Rays backed another clutch playoff pitching performance by Charlie Morton to beat the Houston Astros 10-3 Monday and cut their AL Division Series deficit to 2-1.

Facing the team he helped win the World Series two years ago, Morton allowed one run and three hits while striking out nine over five innings to force Game 4 in the best-of-five matchup at Tropicana Field on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old Morton is 4-0 with an 0.95 ERA in four career elimination starts, including last week’s wild-card win.

After leaning on a big offensive outburst to win Game 3, the Dodgers look to close out the best-of-five series with another victory Monday.

Kiermaier got the wild-card Rays going with his shot the second inning. Ji-Man Choi and Brandon Lowe added solo shots off Greinke, who has never won in Tampa Bay, and Willy Adames added a solo blast against Wade Miley in the sixth.

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The four home runs matched a franchise record for a postseason game. The Rays also went deep four times against the Boston Red Sox during the 2008 AL Championship Series and did it again during last week’s 5-1 wild-card victory at Oakland in the AL wild-card game.


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