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(Reuters) – Right up to their final goal, the Tampa Bay Rays struck a wild and unlikely 8-7 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers when Brett Phillips took the lead in a tie, followed by Randy Arozarena with kick-off One mistake when leveling the Best of Seven World Series with 2: 2.

At 7-6 in ninth place and two failures, the Dodgers had looked fine en route to a 3-1 stranglehold in the best-of-seven series as Phillips walked up to two men and two punches on the plate Driving a line to the right for his first career postseason hit scoring.

As Kevin Kiermaier raced over with the tie run, Arozarena stumbled to the lawn turning home and seemed ready to be marked until a throwing mistake enabled him to jump on the plate with the winning run.

“I have a hard time putting my feelings into words,” said Phillips. “That’s what makes this team special – one goal: Everyone comes together to win.

“We don’t rely on one man, it takes everyone.

“Baseball is fun.”

The competition was the type that would have had a sold out crowd, but with COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, limited numbers of fans at Globe Life (NYSE 🙂 Field in Arlington, Texas, USA were more neutral World Series venue.

In a game of pitching changes and momentum shifts, all seven dodger runs were executed with two outs in innings, while home runs accounted for all Tampa hits except for Phillips’ late exploits.

The Dodgers took the early lead with two solo homers from Justin Turner and Corey Seager, each scooping four hits on the night.

Turner, who returned home in the first inning of game three on Friday, made the early excitement again when he brought Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough over the wall in the middle and became the first player to hit the first inning homers in consecutive World Series games .

It was followed by Seager, who brought his eighth home run in the postseason with a 2-0 lead.

Seager would also drive the Dodgers’ final run, which put them 7-6 in the eighth.

The Rays made up most of the fireworks on the plate, with Brandon Lowe slamming a three-run homer in the sixth to give Tampa a 5-4 lead for the first time.

Arozarena, Hunter Renfroe and Kiermaier also had solo recordings for the Rays in a game that often resembled a home run derby.

(This story has been rewritten to correct the spelling of “Level” in the heading.)

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