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Jose Altuve

Altuve delivered for the Astros once again with a game-turning three-run homer against the Texas Rangers, pushing Houston closer to the World Series.

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The Swing

With the Astros trailing in the series, Altuve's ninth-inning homer completed a three-game sweep on Friday, putting the team on the brink of the World Series.

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Altuve's Words

"One of the craziest games I ever played in," remarked Altuve post-game, emphasizing the high stakes and dramatic turns.

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Manager's Take

Manager Dusty Baker branded the victory as historic. However, the match wasn’t without drama, as Baker found himself ejected during a heated exchange.

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Rangers’ Perspective

Rangers manager Bruce Bochy called it a "tough one", but was confident in his team's resilience.

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The Turning Point

Even with an Astros lead and Verlander on the mound, the tide turned as Garcia hit a three-run homer, shifting momentum towards the Rangers.

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The Confrontation

Garcia's exchange with Maldonado led to a bench-clearing moment. In its wake, Garcia, Bryan Abreu, and even Baker were ejected.

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The Delay

The Garcia incident brought an extensive pause. Bochy later voiced his frustration over how the delay impacted his reliever, Leclerc.

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Altuve's Research

Prior to his big moment, Altuve took a moment to study Leclerc's delivery on an iPad, demonstrating his dedication.

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Bregman's Admiration

Bregman praised Altuve's unmatched discipline and athleticism, underlying Altuve's unparalleled postseason performance.

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The Magical Moment

When Altuve swung at Leclerc’s changeup, there was no doubt in Diaz's mind – it was going out of the park.

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Astonishing Altuve

Cintron, the hitting coach, couldn't hide his admiration. In a rare candid moment, Altuve recognized his own prowess.

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Dramatic Finish

The game's conclusion was nail-biting. Kessinger, in his debut defensive postseason appearance, made a crucial catch.

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One Step Closer

With this win, the Astros edge closer to a historic back-to-back championship achievement, a feat not accomplished since the Yankees in 1998-2000.

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The Brotherhood

 As the team streamed onto the field post-victory, there stood Baker, ready to greet them, solidifying their unified journey to the World Series.