Margot went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base Sunday in the Rays' 4-2 loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series. Margot attempted to spark a rally with his legs in the fourth inning while the Rays trailed 3-2. After reaching base on a leadoff walk, Margot stole second base and then advanced to third on a poor throw from catcher Austin Barnes, barely beating out a tag from Justin Turner. Then, with two outs and Kevin Kiermaier at the plate, Margot attempted to catch Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw off guard in a break between the at-bat, as he made a mad dash for home plate and nearly snuck in before Barnes applied the run-saving tag. The play ended the inning and would be the closest the Rays would come to scoring again, with no Tampa Bay runner advancing past second base over the final five innings.
Margot went 2-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored in Game 6 of the ALCS. Margot provided the majority of the Rays' offense with the powerful performance. His first long ball came to lead off the seventh inning and cut the team's deficit to 7-2. One frame later, he hit a two-run shot to cut the Astros' lead to three. In addition to some fine defensive plays, Margot now has three home runs in the ALCS.
Margot went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in Monday's ALCS Game 1 win over the Astros. The early part of the game belonged entirely to Margot. His two-out, three-run shot off Lance McCullers in the bottom of the first turned out to be all the scoring the Rays would need in their 4-2 win. He showed off his defensive chops in the top of the second, as he dove over the outfield wall to catch a foul ball off the bat of George Springer.
Margot is not in the lineup for Friday's Game 5 against the Yankees, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Margot is 1-for-9 with a home run through 10 plate appearances in the series, and he won't be starting Friday's winner-take-all contest. Austin Meadows receives the start in right field while Yandy Diaz serves as the designated hitter for the Rays.
Margot is out of the lineup Wednesday for Game 3 of the Rays' ALDS matchup with the Yankees, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports. The Rays are rolling out a lineup of seven left-handed hitters to counter Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, leaving no spot available for Margot. Through four postseason games to date, Margot has gone 4-for-12 with two home runs, five RBI, three runs and a walk.
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