Houston Astros look to join rare company by overcoming 3-0 deficit against Tampa Bay Rays

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The Houston Astros will try to join rare company Saturday (8:37 p.m. ET, TBS) by winning a postseason series after overcoming a 3-0 deficit.

Seemingly on the ropes after being held to five total runs in the opening three games, the Astros have erupted for 15 runs in three consecutive wins against the Tampa Bay Rays to force a Game 7 in the American League Championship Series. 

If Houston can keep up the momentum, it will join five other major professional teams in advancing after once trailing 3-0. It has been done once in MLB history and four times in the NHL. No NBA team has pulled off the feat.

The history-makers:

MLB

2004 Boston Red Sox

The New York Yankees took a commanding 3-0 lead with a 19-8 win in Game 3 of the ALCS. But the Red Sox stayed alive with extra-inning wins in the next two games, tying the game off Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera both times. Boston’s Curt Schilling pitched a four-hit gem in Game 6 to tie the series. Game 7 was a blowout as Johnny Damon had six RBI in a 10-3 victory. The Red Sox swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series to end an 86-year championship drought.

Boston's Johnny Damon celebrates his two-run home run against the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series.

Astros infielder Alex Bregman had teammates watch the ESPN documentary on that series, Four Days in October, before Houston’s comeback. 

“I was sitting down watching it with him,’’ Astros shortstop Carlos Correa said. “It was a super-inspiring video.”

NHL

1942 Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs rallied against the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Final after coach Hap Day benched regular-season leading scorer Gordie Drillon. His replacement, Don Metz, had four goals and three assists as Toronto outscored Detroit 19-7 in the final four games.

1975 New York Islanders

The Islanders, making their first playoff appearance, showed the resilience under coach Al Arbour that would eventually lead to four consecutive Stanley Cup championships in the 1980s. They overcame a 3-0 deficit against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round, winning Game 7 on a shutout by Glenn “Chico” Resch. Then they nearly did the same the following round against the defending champion Philadelphia Flyers before falling in Game 7. They went 8-1 in elimination games that year.

2010 Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers stayed alive in Game 4 of the second round against the Boston Bruins when Simon Gagne scored in overtime. Philadelphia then lost starting goalie Brian Boucher to injury in the next game, and backup Michael Leighton stopped 44 of 45 Bruins shots to win Games 5 and 6. The Bruins, playing at home, took a 3-0 lead in Game 7 before the Flyers rallied to win 4-3 on Gagne’s second game-winner of the series. The Flyers eventually reached the Final, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks. 

2014 Los Angeles Kings

The San Jose Sharks won the first two games of the first-round series with blowouts, then won Game 3 in overtime. Then Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who was pulled in Game 1, stopped 130 of 135 shots over the final four games to advance. The Kings won three Game 7s that year to capture the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years.

Contributing: Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY Sports

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