HOUSTON, TX—The 2017 World Series Champs are headed back to the ALCS for a chance at another ring after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, October 10 in the final game of the ALDS. 

With Game 5 being an ‘all or nothing’ for both teams, the Houston Astros made sure to remind fans of their history in the playoffs. The Astros last post season appearance was in 2018 where they won the AL Division series, but were knocked out in the AL Championship Series by the 2018 World Series champions, The Boston Red Sox.

Game 5 started off immediately with the Astros second baseman, Jose Altuve, 29, singling to right center in the first inning, bringing in a run, that ended with Altuve homering to center in the bottom of the eighth, resulting in a final score of 6-1. 

The Astros seemed to dominate the Rays, limiting their only run in the second inning via a homer by Rays second baseman, Eric Sogard, 33. Astros starting pitcher, Gerrit Cole, 29, pitched eight innings and was one of the two pitchers used by the team to win the series. The Rays utilized nine of their pitchers to try and stay in the game.

The Rays’ last World Series appearance was in 2008 where they lost to the Phillies. The Astros are set to play the Yankees in the ALCS starting on Saturday, October 12 at 5:08 p.m.