Meadows, Margot lead Rays over Astros 5-4 to avoid sweep

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Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier, left, slides past Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado, right, to score on Rays' Willy Adames' ground ball to first during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 2, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

By DICK SCANLON

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Austin Meadows hit a three-run homer and later scored the go-ahead run on Manuel Margot’s pinch-hit single in the seventh inning as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Houston Astros 5-4. The Rays avoided a three-game sweep in the series between the last two American League champions. Meadows homered in the fifth to make it 3-all. With the score tied at 4 in the seventh, Meadows was hit by a pitch from Brooks Raley and later scored when Margot punched a hit through the right side. Yordan Alvarez homered and doubled for Houston.