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SAN DIEGO — They are the mosquitoes at the lake, the ants ruining the weekend picnic.
They are the Houston Astros.
And they refuse to go away.
The Astros, on the verge of history, have turned the Tampa Bay Rays’ world completely upside down, winning for the third consecutive game Friday, 7-4, and sending the American League Championship Series to seven games.
The Astros are only the second team in baseball history to be down 3-0 in a best-of-seven series and force a Game 7, joining that lovable 2004 Boston Red Sox team, who went onto win their first World Series in 86 years.
Well, while no one is calling the Astros lovable, with fans and opposing teams still seething that they illegally stole signs during their 2017 World Series run, but they’re trying to carve their piece of history, too.
“We’re not through writing history,’’ Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “I’m hoping we can have a happy ending to this historic season, and this historic year.