SAN DIEGO — Blake Snell never likes to come out of a game, even when it seems like a somewhat obvious move.Friday, he was particularly upset when manager Kevin Cash pulled him after he allowed a walk and a single to start the fifth inning with the Rays holding a 1-0 lead in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, and said the decision had other ramifications.“Disappointed for sure,” Snell said. "I felt really good. I felt locked in. I felt I had a good game plan against that lineup. It’s just frustrating. I wanted to go deep into that ball game. I was very confident with everything that I had going. So, even with the walk and the ground ball (single), I still felt very, very, very, very confident that I was going to get through that lineup.“It’s just the game plan that I have for them, and being able to watch them for five days and the amount of work I was able to just learn off of those days. I mean, I knew that I was going to get out of the fifth inning and continue to go deeper into that ballgame.”Cash, though, had reason to be concerned.Snell had kept the Astros off the board through four innings but didn’t look particularly good in doing so, walking three of the first seven Astros, and needing 42 pitches to get through the first two innings despite two double plays.In his four-plus innings, he allowed three hits and four walks, throwing 82 pitches (45 strikes) to 17 batters, with 11 first-pitch strikes but seven three-ball counts. Also, he has yet to get through the sixth inning of any game since his July 2019 elbow surgery.And Cash had reason to trust reliever Diego Castillo, who had made six appearances this postseason, allowing three hits and no runs while striking out 10.That it didn’t work, as Castillo — after a sacrifice bunt — allowed three hits and a walk as the Astros scored four, contributed to Snell’s frustration, as he said Castillo wasn’t given enough time to get ready.“I understand that Cash is really good at his job and he’s good at what he does. ... I’m going to disagree with him. It’s going to happen. Especially because I’m a guy that wants to be out there, I want to go as deep as possible,” Snell said."Seeing Diego warming up, and he had to get in the game quick, I take a lot of that on my shoulders. It’s just frustrating to put him in a situation where he has to rush to get into the game and not be as ready as he usually is, because Diego’s damn good. I know when he comes in if he has the time that he needs he’s going to be lights out, so it’s just frustrating.“I thought, give me a shot to get out of that,” Snell continued. “I really feel like with how I was pitching that game and the way that I was going through that game, I mean, I felt like that would have been what was best for us, in my mind. But again, Cash is usually, you know, he’s always right. So it’s just something that’s very frustrating.”For reasons not entirely clear, and that Cash and a couple Rays players claimed no knowledge of, Diaz got quite upset with Astros starter Framber Valdez after a sixth-inning walk on a curveball. One possibility was that Diaz didn’t like Valdez smiling at him, which is something he started doing to control his own emotions after consulting with a sports psychologist. Diaz was upset enough that Astros catcher Martin Maldonado and shortstop Carlos Correa both tried to calm him, as did Rays first base coach Ozzie Timmons. “I don’t know,” Rays catcher Mike Zunino said. “I don’t know if there was something going back to the first game. I don’t think it was for (not) challenging him (with fastballs). I don’t know what the backstory was.” The Astros were leading 5-1 at the time, and Correa then went to calm Valdez, as well, telling him, “Your job is not to go out there and be the bigger man, your job is to help us win this ballgame.”Kyle Tucker, the Tampa native and Plant High graduate, lent a hand in the Astros' win, homering in the sixth off Rays rookie lefty Shane McClanahan, the USF product, and delivering a sac fly in the seventh. The homer was Tucker’s fifth off a lefty this year.Correa’s ninth-inning homer to end Game 5 on Thursday was the third time the Rays were walked off in postseason play. The first two were in 2008: Game 3 of the World Series at Philadelphia on Carlos Ruiz’s infield single and Game 5 of ALCS at Boston on J.D. Drew’s single. ... Correa’s homer was the first walkoff homer to keep a team from clinching a pennant since St. Louis' Jim Edmonds did so in the 2004 NLCS against Houston, and the first walkoff hit of any kind since Drew’s single. … Thursday’s game was the first in postseason history in which a team hit a leadoff homer (George Springer off John Curtiss) and a walkoff homer (Correa off Nick Anderson).1-0, 5-2, 9-5Rays' records in Game 7s, in winner-take-all, and in postseason elimination gamesManuel Margot had the sixth multi-homer game in Rays postseason history. He has five homers and 11 RBIs in 12 postseason games this year after one and 11 in 47 regular-season games … Centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier was out of the lineup for a third straight game — all losses — since being hit on the left wrist by a pitch Tuesday. Cash said pre-game: “I don’t think he feels good by any stretch.” … Rays hitters struck out 13 times and Astros outfielders did not catch a fly ball. … The Rays brought in game presentation/production director Michael Weinman to add some new elements to in-game scoreboard and audio programming. … Petco Park PA announcer Alex Miniak has St. Pete ties — a 1995 graduate of Lakewood High. … Game 5′s eight rookie pitchers were a postseason record. It was the third LCS game with two rookie starters, following Atlanta’s Ian Anderson and Los Angeles' Tony Gonsolin in Game 2 of this year’s NLCS, and Arizona’s Micah Owings and Colorado’s Franklin Morales in Game 4 of the 2007 NLCS.