WORLD SERIES GAME 6 PREVIEW

Astros pin title hopes on Verlander at Dodger Stadium tonight

It's World Series Game 6 tonight. MLB.com

The Astros and Dodgers play Game 6 of the World Series tonight. Here is a preview. Check back during the game for inning by inning updates:

When: 7:20 p.m.

Where: Dodger Stadium.

TV: Fox Sports.

Streaming: Fox Sports Go.

Pitching matchup: Justin Verlander vs. Rich Hill.

Series: Astros lead 3-2.

The breakdown:  Coming off one of the most amazing games in baseball history, the Astros will try to win their first-ever World Series tonight. The Astros will send out their postseason hero, Justin Verlander, who despite giving up three runs over six innings in Game 2 of this series has been incredibly good for Houston. Verlander has pitched 30.2 innings in the playoffs with a 2.05 ERA. The Dodgers will send out Rich Hill, who has not gone more than 5 innings and has allowed at least one run in all three of his postseason starts, but he has a 2.77 ERA. An Astros win will end the series and give Houston its first championship in franchise history, but the last 11 times a home team in Game 6 of the World Series was down 3-2, that team has gone 9-2 in Game 6 and 8-1 in Game 7, so the Dodgers are still very much alive, and in fact the odds are in their favor, so Verlander might be the Astros best hope. Both bullpens are gassed, so both starting pitchers going deep will be critical to the outcome.

Series schedule 

                 Time/Date            Site/Result                Pitchers

Game 1        Tuesday                 Dodgers 3, Astros 1       Kershaw (W), Keuchel (L)

Game 2        Wed.                       Astros 7, Dodgers 6      Devenski (W), McCarthy (L)

Game 3       Today                      Astros 5, Dodgers 3       McCullers (W) Darvish  (L)

Game 4        Sat.                          Dodgers 6, Astros 2       Watson (W), Giles (L)

Game 5        Sun.                         Astros 13, Dodgers 12    Musgrove (W), Jansen (L)

Game 6        Today                      Dodger Stadium             Verlander vs. Hill

Game 7 *      Wed.                       Dodger Stadiun               TBA

*-if necessary. 

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Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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