Zack Greinke’s start in Game 7 of the 2019 World Series is remembered by the fact that he was pulled in the seventh inning. His start on Wednesday night will be remembered for him staying in to finish the sixth.

The Astros staved off elimination in Game 4 of the ALCS in large part because Greinke outpitched his counterpart, the Rays’ Tyler Glasnow. In their 4-3 win, Jose Altuve and George Springer each launched their franchise-record 18th career postseason homers. But it was Greinke who gave the Astros six innings of two-run ball and escaped a jam with the game in the balance.

For Greinke, it was the first time he completed six innings since Sept. 8, and his pitch count of 93 was his highest since Sept. 3. His performance had been inconsistent in recent weeks, and a sore arm last week cast into doubt his availability for his ALDS start against the A’s. But against the Rays at San Diego’s Petco Park, he looked like his midseason…





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