Astros vs. Rays score: Live MLB playoff updates as Tampa looks to extend lead over Houston in ALCS Game 2

Astros vs. Rays score: Live MLB playoff updates as Tampa looks to extend lead over Houston in ALCS Game 2
The Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays will continue their best-of-seven American League Championship Series on Monday afternoon at Petco Park in San Diego. The Rays jumped out to a 1-0 series lead after winning a close Game 1 on Sunday. 

The Astros will start right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. for Game 2. McCullers lasted just four innings in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Athletics. He gave up five runs (four earned, three home runs) on nine hits and a walk while striking out five. In his five career postseason starts, McCullers is 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA. 

The Rays will counter with right-hander Charlie Morton. Morton was part of the 2017 Astros team that won the World Series. He signed with the Rays as a free agent during the 2018 offseason. Morton picked up the win in his Game 3 ALDS start against the Yankees. He allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with six strikeouts and two walks over five innings. In three postseason starts with Tampa, Morton is 3-0 with a 1.20 ERA. When the Astros and Rays faced each other in last year’s ALDS, Morton allowed one run and struck out nine in five innings in Tampa Bay’s Game 3 win.

CBS Sports will be without the entirety of the game providing live updates below.

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Astros lead Rays in hard-hit balls in this one by a count of 12-7.
Rays still 81.1 percent to win Game 2.
Correa missed a couple of fastballs on a tee in Game 1, but he didn’t miss that one.
Astros on the board with a booming homer from Carlos Correa.
Rays are now 88.8 percent to win Game 2.
I didn’t think sending Morton back out was a good idea versus the top of the order. To his credit, he’s two-thirds of his way through.
Swap first basemen and this game is very different right now.
Rays trying to squeeze one more inning out of Morton. He’s at 88 pitches.
McCullers has been pretty darn good except the homer, which only happened because the error extended the inning.
Adames fouled a pitch into his right foot. Those hurt so much. Had a former player tell me he once fouled a pitch into his shin in April and it was still black and blue in September.
Morton was gassed there. Should’ve taken advantage.
seven left on for the Astros. It’s the fourth inning
More stranded runners for the Rays.
Isn’t locating. Pitches don’t have the same bite.
Morton doesn’t look good.
Nick Anderson warming here in the fourth inning.
two on for Springer
Astros feel like they’re due for a big hit. But they’re also half a game away from being in an 0-2 hole.
more Astros traffic here Gurriel hit by a pitch
holy smokes
Earlier in the broadcast Ron Darling said the first batter he ever faced in the big leagues was Joe Morgan, who passed away Sunday. I looked up the box score. The first three batters Darling faced were Morgan, Pete Rose, and Mike Schmidt. lol
he’s taking enough time between those pitches, that’s for sure
McCullers has only thrown 42 pitches, somehow. Feels like he’s thrown 80. There’s one out in the third.……
A hit on a breaking ball that time by Arozarena.

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