HOUSTON — The New York Yankees fell to the Houston Astros 7-1 Friday night, tying the American League Championship Series 3-3.
They will face off again in a do-or-die Game 7 on Saturday night.
Either team only needs one win to make it to the World Series. The winner of that game will face off against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday night for Game 1 of the World Series.
Houston improved to 5-0 at home this postseason after dropping three straight in New York as the Astros chase their second trip to the World Series (2005). Saturday will be just their second Game 7 in franchise history after losing the final game of the 2004 NLCS at St. Louis 5-2.
The last Game 7 for the Yankees also was a loss in 2004, when they capped an unprecedented collapse against rival Boston after leading 3-0 in the ALCS.
This year, the Yankees are 4-0 in postseason elimination games as they try to reach the World Series for the first time since 2009. New York is 1-5 on the road in these playoffs, however.
“I think you have to keep tonight’s game in perspective,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We still have a shot to do what we want to try to do tomorrow. And put tonight behind you, move on, and let’s be ready to go tomorrow.”