After throwing 29 pitches and recording the last six outs in the Rays’ Game 5 win over the Yankees in the American League Division Series, Diego Castillo‘s availability was in question heading into Sunday’s Game 1 of the AL Championship Series against the Astros.

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Not only was Castillo available, he was the savior.

With the Rays holding on to a one-run lead in the eighth inning, the Astros loaded the bases against Aaron Loup. That’s when manager Kevin Cash turned to Castillo, who had told the Rays’ skipper that he was available to pitch after playing catch earlier in the day. The right-hander delivered in a big way — again.

Castillo needed just one pitch — a 97 mph sinker — to get Yuli Gurriel to ground into an inning-ending double play, helping the Rays win Game 1, 2-1, at Petco Park. Castillo’s five-out save was the longest save in Rays postseason history.

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