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Astros' spark in winner-take-all? Seven Gattis

Leadoff shot in 4th inning is first HR for DH this postseason
October 21, 2017

HOUSTON -- Evan Gattis powered the Astros to the lead in their 4-0 victory in Game 7 on Saturday night, crushing a homer to left-center field to open the fourth inning against Yankees lefty Carsten Sabathia.• Dress for the World Series: Get Astros postseason gearGattis' 405-foot blast, as projected by

HOUSTON -- Evan Gattis powered the Astros to the lead in their 4-0 victory in Game 7 on Saturday night, crushing a homer to left-center field to open the fourth inning against Yankees lefty Carsten Sabathia.
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Gattis' 405-foot blast, as projected by Statcast™, was his first hit in eight at-bats in the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World.
"He was doing a good job," Gattis said. "I tried my best not to swing at those pitches, but they just looked too good up top. The first slider that popped was a little bit outside. I rolled it over to third. I think I just tried to -- if I saw anything pop out, just immediately try to think right field, and it just kept me on it enough."
The veteran's homer, clocked at 106 mph off the bat on a 2-2 slider, was the first by a designated hitter this postseason. For Gattis, it was his first long ball since Sept. 23.
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"It's something you dream about as a kid," Gattis said of going to the World Series. "It's an emotional time for me, just to see the fans like this and my family out on the field. It's incredible."

A raucous Minute Maid Park crowd went wild, keeping it up when Sabathia proceeded to walk catcher Brian McCann. Marwin Gonzalez grounded into a forceout at second base, and Josh Reddick's ensuing base hit -- snapping an ALCS record-tying 0-for-22 stretch -- knocked Sabathia out of the game.

The Yanks turned to right-hander Tommy Kahnle, who put the inning to rest by inducing a double-play grounder off the bat of George Springer.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com.