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Astros’ Dusty Baker on Bryan Abreu’s ejection: ‘I ain’t been that mad in a long time’

Friday night’s American League Championship series matchup between the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers got a little chippy in the eighth inning. 

Two innings after hitting a go-ahead three-run homer, Rangers outfielder Adolis Garcia was plunked by Astros pitcher Bryan Abreu. 

Dusty Baker argues with umpires

Manger Dusty Baker, #12 of the Houston Astros, argues with the umpires after Bryan Abreu, #52, was ejected from the game against the Texas Rangers during the eighth inning in Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Globe Life Field on October 20, 2023, in Arlington, Texas.  (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Garcia took exception to the pitch and had a heated exchange with Houston catcher Martin Maldonado as both benches cleared. 

Jose Altuve rounds the bases

Jose Altuve, #27 of the Houston Astros, rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run in the ninth inning during Game 5 of the ALCS between the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field on Friday, October 20, 2023, in Arlington, Texas.  (Ron Jenkins/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Houston second baseman Jose Altuve launched a go-ahead three-run homer of his own in the top of the ninth inning as the Astros took a 3-2 series lead. 

“He’s got a high concentration level, because that’s what it takes in big moments like that, is concentration, desire and relaxation all encompassed into one. And everybody can’t do all three of those things,” Baker said. “This dude is one of the baddest dudes I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen some greats.”

The series returns to Houston for Game 6 on Sunday. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Joe Morgan is a Sports Reporter for Fox News.

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