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Yankees-Astros ALCS Game 6: In Real Life

The Astros defeated the Yankees, 7-1, on Friday night in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World, pushing the series to a decisive Game 7 tonight (8 p.m. ET/FS1) in Houston.

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The Astros defeated the Yankees, 7-1, on Friday night in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World, pushing the series to a decisive Game 7 tonight (8 p.m. ET/FS1) in Houston.

ALCS Game 7: Tonight, 8 p.m. ET on FS1

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11:07 p.m. ET: Altuve, Astros answer Judge, add on
The Astros broke it open in the eighth, with Jose Altuve leading things off by homering into the Crawford Boxes in left field against Yankees reliever David Robertson. Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel followed with a double and single, respectively, and both were driven in by an Alex Bregman double to make it 6-1. That chased Robertson from the game with nobody out in the inning.

Tweet from @MLB: .@JoseAltuve27 wasn���t letting his season end tonight. #ALCS

Tweet from @mike_petriello: One percent. Literally one percent of the time that batted ball (93 mph / 24 deg) from Altuve is a home run.

Tweet from @_dadler: Aaron Judge's HR: 112.1 mph. Jose Altuve's HR: 93.3 mph.The hardest HR of the postseason, and the 2nd-softest, by the MVP frontrunners.

10:49 p.m. ET: Judge unloads mammoth blast
Aaron Judge got the Yankees on the board with a long solo homer off Astros reliever Brad Peacock, sending a first-pitch fastball over the heart of the plate well over the wall in left-center field. It's Judge's third home run of the ALCS, and fourth this postseason. The ball left the bat at 112.1 mph per Statcast™.

Video: ALCS Gm6: Judge smashes a solo homer on FS1

Tweet from @BryanHoch: .@TheJudge44 hit this one toward the choo-choo:

Tweet from @JPosnanski: Do you think Aaron Judge sees Brad Peacock 93 mph fastballs over the middle of the plate in his best dreams?

Tweet from @Yankees: ALLLLL RIIIIIISE cause we're not done yet!!!Aaron James Judge hits one to the train! 3-1 game.

10:45 p.m. ET: Verlander delivers gem
With Brad Peacock entering the game to pitch the eighth inning for the Astros, Justin Verlander's night is complete, and by adding seven scoreless frames tonight, his ALCS line is as follows: 16 innings pitched, one run ( 0.56 ERA) on 10 hits, two walks and 21 strikeouts. 

Tweet from @MLB: In a must-win game, you can���t ask for more. #ALCS

Tweet from @astros: Raise your hand if you just tossed seven shutout innings! 🙋���������

10:34 p.m. ET: By George! Wall-crashing grab denies NY
With two on, one out and Todd Frazier representing the tying run at the plate in the seventh, Frazier smoked a ball off Justin Verlander to deep center field, where George Springer made a leaping grab at the fence. In the prior at-bat, Aaron Hicks represented the tying run and jumped in front with a 3-0 count. But Verlander came back to get two strikes, followed by four foul balls and a swinging strike three on a nasty slider. Through seven, New York has stranded six runners on base.

Video: ALCS Gm6: Springer robs Frazier with a leaping grab

Tweet from @MLB: Defend your turf. #ALCS

Tweet from @BryanHoch: 81 percent hit probability. 19 percent not hit probability.

10:06 p.m. ET: Verlander keeps Yanks at bay
Justin Verlander found himself in trouble in the sixth, giving up a pair of singles to bring the tying run to the plate in Gary Sanchez. But Verlander got Sanchez to hit a check-swing ground ball to short on a 3-0 count, ending the threat. Verlander also struck out Aaron Judge in the frame, marking Judge's 26th strikeout of this postseason, which tied an all-time record (Alfonso Soriano in 2003). Verlander has blanked Houston for 14 of 15 innings he's pitched in the ALCS.

Tweet from @jonmorosi: Gary Sanchez appeared ready for a fastball. Verlander threw a devastating 3-0 slider. Inning over.

Tweet from @astros: That dude. #EarnHistory

9:39 p.m. ET: McCann, Altuve break the deadlock
Former Yankee catcher Brian McCann delivered the game's first run-scoring hit, a ground-rule double to right field off Luis Severino in the fifth. The ball left the bat with an exit velocity of 103.4 mph, per Statcast™. Prior to that double, McCann had been 0-for-11 in this ALCS, and 2-for-27 with no extra-base hits during this postseason. Jose Altuve then delivered another big hit for the Astros, this time a two-out, two-run single to left that was just out of the reach of Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier. Altuve is now batting .378 (14-for-37) this postseason, with six RBIs -- the two tonight being his first two of the ALCS. Altuve's hit chased Severino from the game.

Video: ALCS Gm6: McCann, Altuve give Astros lead on FS1

Tweet from @brianmctaggart: 103.4 mph exit velo for Altuve, who just got it past Todd Frazier.Severino is out; Green is in.

Tweet from @astros: Good inning, boys! #EarnHistory

Tweet from @BryanHoch: Here's the line on Luis Severino:4.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 3 K (79 pitches, 48 strikes)

Tweet from @MLB: .@JoseAltuve27 - SO clutch.A big 2-run single makes it 3-0 @Astros in the 5th. #ALCS

9:34 p.m. ET: Verlander fools Frazier
Justin Verlander's sixth strikeout of the night came on an extremely awkward swing by Todd Frazier, who waved feebly at a devastating 1-2 curveball from the veteran right-hander. 

Tweet from @MLB: Just pure filth. #ALCS

9:26 p.m. ET: No more no-no
Luis Severino gave up his first hit -- a Carlos Correa single to right field in the fourth inning -- but the Astros couldn't score for the 15th consecutive inning, a season-high. As a team, the Astros are batting .141 (23-for-163) for the series through tonight's fourth inning, and only one of eight balls in play against Severino tonight have been hit hard, per Statcast™ (95 mph exit velocity or higher): the Correa single, which had an exit velocity of 100.7 mph. Justin Verlander, meanwhile, continues to overpower the Yankees, now having struck out 18 and walked only one in 14 innings during this ALCS.

Tweet from @_dadler: Carlos Correa took two hanging changeups at 88.3 mph for strikes, then he hit the fastball at 99.3 in the same spot for the Astros' 1st hit.

Tweet from @astros: Dealing. #EarnHistory

8:59 p.m. ET: Severino silencing Astros early
Luis Severino is riding his fastball, which has accounted for 22 of his 40 pitches through three no-hit innings, hitting 100.8 mph to strike out George Springer and end the third. After throwing 62 pitches in ALCS Game 2, the right-hander is looking well-rested with his velocity and effectiveness so far.

Tweet from @brianmctaggart: Severino is carving up the Astros. He's sent down 9 of the first 10 batters with only a walk.Verlander has worked around three singles.

Tweet from @_dadler: Luis Severino's K of George Springer: 100.8 mph, per @Statcast™. His fastest career K pitch. 2nd-fastest by SP in MLB this year (Thor, 100.9)

Tweet from @MLB: These guys are throwing straight 🔥 early. Watch #ALCS Game 6 on @FS1.

8:15 p.m. ET: With Minute Maid rockin', Verlander takes mound
After a leadoff single by Brett Gardner, Justin Verlander escaped the first inning unscathed -- and on only 11 pitches -- thanks to a slick 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Aaron Judge and a popout by Didi Gregorius. Verlander has given up one run in 10 innings against the Yankees in the ALCS.

Tweet from @astros: Smooooooth. #EarnHistory

Tweet from @astros: IT'S TIME. #EarnHistory

7:39 p.m. ET: Start me up
Justin Verlander makes the long walk out to the bullpen ahead of his Game 6 start.

Tweet from @astros: *cue dramatic music*

7:15 p.m. ET: Yanks get in the zone
With batting practice over, the Yankees return to the clubhouse to prepare for first pitch.

Tweet from @Yankees: 45 minutes til Game 6! Time to take care of business! #PinstripePride

7:12 p.m. ET: Away we go
The Yankees may be the visiting team tonight, but they've definitely got their share of fans in the house at Minute Maid Park.

6:20 p.m. ET: Texas trio
Yuli Gurriel, Marwin Gonzalez and Carlos Correa share a moment during batting practice.

6:07 p.m. ET: All-time greats
Hall of Famers Craig Biggio and John Smoltz meet on the field before Game 6. Interestingly, Smoltz faced Biggio more than any other batter, holding the Astros legend to a .239 average over 117 at-bats.

Tweet from @alysonfooter: Hall of Famers Craig Biggio and John Smoltz catch up on the field at MMP before Game 6 of the ALCS

6:02 p.m. ET: On behalf of the staff
Minute Maid Park employees looking sharp for Game 6.

5:46 p.m. ET: Girardi: Yankees' approach stays the same with clinch on line

Tweet from @BryanHoch: ���I���m trying to treat it as, ���Just win one game.��� That���s what we���ve done the whole time we���ve been in the playoffs.��� - Joe Girardi

5:34 p.m. ET: Star power
Houston manager A.J. Hinch talks to four of his most potent offensive weapons during warmups.

Video: ALCS Gm6: Hinch discusses coming back home to Houston

4:59 p.m. ET: Cora reef
Astros bench coach Alex Cora -- a frontrunner for several open managerial positions, including Boston's -- and general manager Jeff Luhnow talk on the field before Game 6.

4:48 p.m. ET: Hinch: Astros not content to be AL West champions
Houston manager A.J. Hinch addresses the media before a make-or-break Game 6.

Tweet from @astros: Watch live as @ajhinch speaks before #ALCS Game 6.

4:40 p.m. ET: Yankees name starting nine behind Severino
The Yankees and Astros announced their Game 6 lineups moments apart, a little more than three hours before first pitch. More >

Tweet from @YankeesPR: Yankees at Astros in ALCS Game 6 tonight at 8:08pm ET on FS1

4:37 p.m. ET: Houston sets Game 6 lineup

Tweet from @astros: ALCS Game 6#EarnHistory

4:10 p.m. ET: Interior design
It's the calm before the storm inside Minute Maid Park.

2:22 p.m. ET: Knock, knock Hoch Yankees reporter Bryan Hoch is hot on the beat at Minute Maid Park more than five hours before first pitch. Catch him on MLB Network this afternoon.

1:06 p.m. ET: Home cooking
Yuli Gurriel and the Astros are happy to be out of The Bronx and back in Houston, where they are undefeated this postseason.

Tweet from @el_yuly10: In our house now, let���s give it all we���ve got 👊@astros. Ahora en nuestra casa, vamos con todo💪 @LosAstros #EarnHistory ������#MLB