Dodgers rally past Astros to force Game Seven
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[November 01, 2017]
By Rory Carroll
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Corey Seager's
sixth inning sacrifice fly helped the Los Angeles Dodgers eke out a
come-from-behind 3-1 Game Six victory over the Houston Astros on
Tuesday to force a World Series decider.
Seager's deep fly ball to right field allowed Chase Utley to scamper
home for the go-ahead run, igniting the sold-out crowd of 54,128 as
the Dodgers tied the series up at 3-3 to set up Wednesday's
Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor continued his clutch hitting in
the post-season, tying the game 1-1 earlier in the inning with a
double down the right field line off of losing pitcher Justin
"I was just trying to put a ball in play," Taylor said.
"He's really tough with that fastball up in the zone and a good
slider. I was just trying to get the barrel on the ball and hope for
something good and it worked out for me," he said.
Taylor has reached base safely 26 times this post-season, a Dodgers
Dodgers slugger Joc Pederson hit a solo 373-foot blast in the bottom
of the seventh to provide the National League champions with an
insurance run, and reliever Kenley Jansen came in during the eighth
inning for a drama-free six-out save.
The loss was the first of the post-season for the hard-throwing
Verlander, who had a no decision in Game Two.
Dodgers starter Rich Hill was sharp but gave up a solo home run to
center fielder George Springer in the third inning for a 1-0 Astros
lead on a cloudy and cool evening in Los Angeles.
Dodgers reliever Tony Watson, who came into the game in the top of
the sixth inning and escaped a two on-two out jam, was the winning
The defensive play of the game came in the top of the seventh when
the Astros had runners on first and third with two outs, and second
baseman Jose Altuve hit a soft ground ball to Justin Turner.
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Dodgers players Joc Pederson (31) , Justin Turner (10) , Yasiel Puig
(66) , Charlie Culberson (37) and Corey Seager (5) celebrate after
defeating the Houston Astros in game six of the 2017 World Series at
Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
The third baseman charged to pick up the ball and make a quick throw
to first baseman Cody Bellinger, who took it on the hop to get the
speedy Altuve and keep the Dodgers 2-1 in front.
Pederson said keeping emotions in check would be key to finishing
off an exciting matchup, which has seen two extra-inning games and
the most home runs hit in any World Series.
"You dream about it as a kid," Pederson said.
"It's going to be big for me and I think all of us need to just
remember it's still a baseball game. You've got to slow it down.
Still play the same way that we've been playing all year that got us
to here and try to limit the distractions."
Game Seven will pit the Dodgers' Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish
against Astros curve-ball specialist Lance McCullers Jr.
Darvish had a nightmare Game Three in Houston, where he could not
get out of the second inning in the shortest start in his major
McCullers Jr had a solid outing for the first five innings of the
same game before losing accuracy in the sixth, but still came away
with the win.
Wednesday's encounter will be the first World Series Game Seven
played at Dodger Stadium and will either see the hosts win a first
title since 1988 or the American League champion Astros secure a
first MLB crown in their 55-year history.
(Reporting by Rory Carroll; Editing by Ian Ransom/John O'Brien)
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