Update on the latest sports
Astros try to clinch trip to World Series
HOUSTON (AP) – Astros rookie Luis Garcia will start against the Red Sox in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series with a trip to the World Series on the line.
Garcia started Game 2 and gave up a grand slam in the first inning before leaving with no outs in the second because of discomfort in his right knee. Manager Dusty Baker says the Astros are confident Garcia will be 100% healthy for Friday night’s start.
Nathan Eovaldi (eh-VAHL’-dee) will start for Boston. He came through on Saturday in Game 2, pitching 5 1/3 innings for the win, but he faltered out of the bullpen in Game 4 on Tuesday and allowed four runs while retiring just two batters. Houston leads the series 3-2.
Dodgers force Game 6
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Los Angeles Dodgers are still alive in the NL Championship Series after snapping out of their hitting funk while getting an outstanding performance from six relievers.
Chris Taylor slammed three home runs and drove in six as the Dodgers clobbered the Braves 11-2 Thursday night in Game 5, sending the series back to Atlanta. The LA bullpen limited Atlanta to three runs while striking out nine over 8 1/3 innings. Dodgers relievers allowed their team to rebound after starter Joe Kelly left with an injury in the first inning, shortly after giving up a two-run homer to Freddie Freeman.
Losing pitcher Max Fried (freed) was lifted with two out in the fifth, charged with five runs and eight hits.
Game 6 is Saturday. Ian Anderson is slated to start for the Braves and Max Scherzer for the Dodgers.
Masters champion Matsuyama takes 2nd-round lead
CHIBA, Japan (AP) – Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama overcame cold temperatures and often steady rain showers to shoot a 2-under 68 and take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the PGA Tour’s Zozo Championship in Japan.
Matsuyama trailed by a stroke after the first round following a 64 on the par-70, 7,041-yard Narashino Country Club course. He has a two-round total of 8-under 132. Temperatures dropped to as low as 53 degrees Fahrenheit late in the second round.
Cameron Tringale birdied his final hole for a 66 and was in second place. Matt Wallace birdied his final three holes for a 69 and was tied for third with Brendale Steele.
Two South Koreans tied for lead at home tournament
BUSAN, South Korea (AP) – Hee Jeong Lim shot a 6-under 66 and first-round leader Na Rin An a 69 to leave the South Korean players tied for the lead after two rounds of the LPGA Tour’s BMW Ladies Championship.
Lim and An had 11-under totals of 133 on the par-72 LPGA International Busan course. American Danielle Kang shot 68 and In Gee Chun 69 and were tied for third, one stroke behind. The tournament is the only Asia event in the so-called fall season.
The LPGA started out with a four-tournament Asia swing until events in Shanghai, Japan, and Taiwan were either canceled or removed from the schedule due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.