Dodgers bounce again to beat Rays, lead collection 3-2
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Max Muncy scored a massive home run in the fifth after Clayton Kershaw escaped a traffic jam to protect a one-off lead from an inning when the Los Angeles Dodgers held a win from overcoming their 32-year drought with a 4-2 win finish the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night in Arlington, Texas.
Joc Pederson was also successful when the Dodgers recovered from a catastrophic loss in Game 4 just 24 hours earlier. Kershaw (4-1) gave up two runs with five hits over 5 2/3 innings, hit six and went two.
Victor Gonzalez stranded two rays in the eighth to protect the lead, and Blake Treinen fanned two out after a leadoff single in the ninth to record the parade and give Los Angeles a chance to have the best-of-seven series on End Tuesday.
The Rays had their best chance of getting to Kershaw after 3-2 in the fourth when Manuel Margot led the inning, stole second and moved up to third after a miss by Chris Taylor. Hunter Renfroe followed for a walk to take the runners to the corners.
After Joey Wendle popped out and Willy Adames was out, Margot took the opportunity to try to steal home while Kershaw was in the middle of the plate, but the left-hander took the ball to catcher Austin Barnes to close Margot on the day finally beat out.
Muncy’s Homer gave Los Angeles a two-run lead. He was the ninth different dodger to go deep into the series.
At the end of fifth place, Kershaw beat Justin Verlander’s record of 205 postseason strikes as he sniffed Kevin Kiermaier to start the frame.
The Rays had the best chance of a rally in the eighth when the glowing rookie Randy Arozarena got out with two one and one. Gonzalez got Arozarena to fly out and Brandon Lowe to align to end the threat.
Los Angeles got off to a hot start against Tampa Bay starter Tyler Glasnow, who worked in the first inning. The Dodgers had a Mookie Betts double and a Corey Seager single 1-0 in just 10 pitches and Cody Bellinger made it 2-0 with an RBI single later in the frame.
Pederson scored 3-0 in Los Angeles. The Rays cut their deficit to one on a Yandy Diaz runscoring triple and Arozarenas RBI single in the third.
Arozarena’s goal was his 27th in the playoffs, beating Pablo Sandoval’s only record after the 2014 season.
Glasnow (2-3) settled and allowed four runs with six hits over five innings. He went three, hit seven, and set a World Series record with three wild fields.
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