Arozarena hit his first-inning shot off losing Houston pitcher Lance McCullers Jr., an alum of Tampa’s Jesuit High School, which is a mere 20 miles from the Rays’ home park, Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
Morton, who won a World Series ring pitching for the Astros in 2017, threw 5 2/3 shutout innings on Saturday.
The Rays will face the National League Championship Series winner, either the Atlanta Braves or Los Angeles Dodgers. The deciding Game 7 of the NLCS is set for Sunday, with first pitch at 8:15 p.m. ET.
With the Astros, controversial world champions of 2017, now out of the picture, that means the next World Series winner will bring home a trophy not seen in their city for decades – and in the Rays’ case, ever.