The Tampa Bay Rays’ MLB-best bullpen kept the Houston’s batters out of sorts for a good chunk of Game 5 of the ALDS, but the Astros had an ace up their sleeve to lead them to Thursday night’s 6-1 at Minute Maid Park.

On the heels of his historic Game 2 outing, Astros pitcher and leading AL Cy Young candidate Gerrit Cole was just as dominant Thursday in the win-or-go-home playoff game. A leadoff home run in the top of the second, a single and two walks were all Cole allowed Rays hitters to muster in eight innings, and he struck out 10 batters along the way.

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242, james.lacombe@galvnews.com or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews

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