Flames now have five-alarm fire facing elimination against Avalanche

DENVER – The Calgary Flames have a five-alarm fire on their hands.

Despite another heroic goaltending outing by Mike Smith, the Flames return to Calgary Friday facing the very real possibility another conference champion is about to bite the dust courtesy of a wild-card club.

The Flames allowed a game-tying goal in the final three minutes for the second time in this series, setting up a 3-2 overtime loss and 3-1 series deficit.

This time Colorado’s hero was Mikko Rantanen, scoring 9:37 into overtime to cap a late, two-goal comeback that will require even more fortitude from Calgary.

Rantanen’s second goal of the game was a one-timer from long-range that beat Smith clean. It came on the Avs’ 52nd shot, mere seconds after Colorado killed off an Ian Cole delay of game penalty.

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Rantanen fires home OT winner to give Avalanche Game 4 win over Flames

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Matt Chapman’s homer, power arms propel A’s past Astros

OAKLAND — Matt Chapman’s solo home run leading off the sixth inning and power pitching by Frankie Montas, Lou Trivino and Blake Treinen led the Athletics to a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros Wednesday night at the Coliseum.

It was the first win for Oakland (11-10) over the Astros (12-6), who swept a three-game series in Houston and beat the A’s 9-1 Tuesday night.

Montas (3-1) gave up three hits and one run with two walks and six strikeouts, throwing 88 pitches with 58 strikes.

After recording the first out in the seventh on a ground ball, manager Bob Melvin went for Lou Trivino after a an opposite-field single by Josh Reddick. Trivino recorded a pair of strikeouts to get out of the seventh and a 1-2-3 eighth against the top of the Houston order. Treinen pitched the ninth for his sixth save before a crowd of 11,323.

Treinen, who hadn’t pitched since Friday in Texas, gave up a walk to Alex Bregman and a single to Yuli Gurriel but struck out Robinson Chirinos on his 23rd pitch of the inning for the game’s final out.

Chapman’s sixth home run of the season came on a 1-1 pitch against Houston starter and loser Wade Miley (1-2).

The Astros finally got to Montas in the sixth inning following a one-out walk to George Springer and a two-out walk to Alex Bregman.

Michael Brantley was next, and what would have been a harmless roller to shortstop was instead a ground single against an exaggerated A’s shift against a left-handed hitter. Springer came around to score and tie the game 1-1.

The A’s opened the scoring in the second when Mark Canha doubled down the line with one out against Miley and came around to score on a two-out double by Jurckson Profar. Profar’s liner ate up Bregman at third …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

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