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Astros prematurely congratulated by Texas governor

Here's a new "oops" moment for a Texas governor: prematurely celebrating a Houston Astros playoff victory. The office of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted congratulations to the Astros for advancing to the AL Championship Series, but the Royals rallied from four runs down to force a decisive Game 5 with a 9-6 victory.

Tweeted congratulations but Astros lose 4-run lead; series tied with Royals

It was a nightmare finish for Astros fans in Houston and a big whoops for Texas governor Greg Abbott who prematurely congratulated the Astros on advancing to the ALCS. The Astros blew a 4-run lead and lost 9-6 to the Royals to send the series back to Kansas city for a 5th game. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Here's a new "oops" moment for a Texas governor: prematurely celebrating a Houston Astros playoff victory.

With Houston up four runs and six outs away Monday from finishing off Kansas City, the office of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted congratulations to the Astros for advancing to the AL Championship Series. The Royals then rallied in the eighth inning and forced a decisive Game 5 with a 9-6 victory.

The tweet has since been deleted.

Abbott, who is an avid Twitter user, responded to the gaffe by telling Astros fans to unfollow his office and stick to his personal Twitter account. He tweeted: "No predictions. Just support."

Abbott spokesman John Wittman said the deleted tweet was sent by a staffer and declined further comment.

Game 5 is Wednesday at Kansas City.

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