By Sam Bush
Carlos Correa not only hit a dramatic one-out, ninth-inning homer in the Astros’ 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, to pull Houston to within 3-2 in the ALCS series.
But he actually called his shot.
Correa, who has the fourth-most home runs in playoff history, left the on-deck circle, but before striding to the plate with one out, walked over to manager Dusty Baker and called his shot.
“Before he went up there,” Baker said, “he said ‘Walk off,’ and I said go ahead on man.”
Baker lowered his head, and prayed to his late father, Johnny Baker Jr., and his brother, Victor.
“Please Lord,’’ Baker said, “let us walk it off.’’
The Atlanta Braves’ Bryse Wilson, who hadn’t pitched in nearly three weeks, threw six one-hit innings and held the advantage his offense provided off a shaky Clayton Kershaw in a 10-2 victory.
Atlanta leads the series 3-1 and will have three chances at securing its first World Series berth since 1999.