Despite losing manager Dave Martinez after his ejection in the seventh inning, the Washington Nationals stuck to their guns and won Game 6 on Tuesday night to force a seventh game in the World Series against the Houston Astros. Leading 3-2 when Trea Turner was at the plate, the speed demon hit a swinging bunt to the pitcher. He raced down the line and forced an errant throw only to be thrown out for running inside of the line. Martinez was livid and ended up being ejected later on, but that whole inning proved to be a catalyst of sorts. It set the rest of the Nats on fire, including Anthony Rendon. The soon-to-be free agent blasted his second home run of the postseason to make it 5-2. After that homer, the Nationals got two more runs off the bat of Rendon’s double. He had singled earlier in the game, the top of the first in fact, to drive in one run, so he ended the night with five RBI’s, a homer, and went 3-4. Not bad at all when you’re trying to get paid. Stephen Strasburg pitched 8 1/3 innings and gave up two runs in the victory. The Astros’ only two runs came in the bottom of the first, with Jose Altuve hitting a sac fly and Alex Bregman hitting a home run.
The Los Angeles Lakers’ newest star Anthony Davis may not be in the best of shape just yet, but that didn’t stop him from dominating the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night as his team ran out to a big 120-91 win. Despite a hurt shoulder that ended up keeping him out for the fourth quarter, ‘AD’ posted 40 points and grabbed 20 rebounds against the rebuilding visitors. 26 of his points came from the charity stripe, setting a new Lakers record with the display. His performance had helped the purple and gold come back from a 13-point first-quarter deficit. Ja Morant led the Grizz in scoring, putting up 16 points. Davis’ sidekick, LeBron James, had 23 points and eight assists in a game in which he played three minutes fewer than Davis in.
The Seattle Sounders are headed to yet another MLS Cup Final after they defeated LAFC, the top seed in the entire playoff bracket, 3-1 in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. It wasn’t straightforward for them, though, as the home team got off to the ideal start, scoring in the 17th minute via a beautiful free kick from Eduard Atuesta. The Sounders didn’t wait too long to reply, however, getting a goal back to equalize just six minutes later from a fine piece of play from Raul Ruidiaz. In the 26th minute, they had turned the game on its head, with Nicolas Lodeiro brilliantly rolling one in to the bottom left-hand corner. In the second half, Ruidiaz gave them a two-goal cushion, and they held on to win the Western Conference. They will now either play at home against Toronto FC or on the road to Atlanta United, depending on which side wins out on Wednesday night in the Eastern Conference Final.