The Tampa Bay Rays saw their 2019 season come to an end Thursday, as the Houston Astros used a four-run bottom of the first inning against Tyler Glasnow to jump out and take the fifth and deciding game of the American League Division Series 6-1 at Minute Maid Park.
The Astros used a ten-pitch sequence to start the night to put across the four runs they needed. George Springer and Michael Brantley each singled to start the inning, Jose Altuve made it 1-0 with a single, and Alex Bregman's two-run double made it 3-0. Yordan Alvarez grounded out for the first out of the game, but Yuli Gurriel capped the inning with a base hit that brought in Bregman.
Eric Sogard scored Tampa Bay's only run with a solo home run off Astros starter Gerrit Cole on the first pitch of the second inning.
Cole worked the first eight inning, allowing just two hits and striking out ten.
The Astros added two more runs in the eighth on back-to-back home runs by Brantley and Altuve.
Tampa Bay finishes 2019 with 96 regular season wins and three in the postseason (the Wild Card game win in Oakland and two victories over Houston).
Houston will host the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series beginning Saturday.