The Tampa Bay Rays, a team of anonymous stars, are headed to the World Series after holding off baseball’s most infamous team. The Rays beat the Houston Astros 4-2 in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday, ending Houston’s bid to become the second team in baseball history to overcome a 3-0 deficit in a postseason series.
Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena continued a historic postseason run on Saturday with his seventh homer, a two-run shot in the first inning that gave Tampa Bay a lead it never relinquished. Arozarena was named MVP of the ALCS, becoming the fourth rookie — and first rookie position player — to be named MVP of a league championship series. He has homered seven times during these playoffs, just one shy of the big league record, and now has 47 total bases since the regular season ended.
Tampa Bay catcher Mike Zunino added a solo shot.