Dodgers take commanding lead

16 October 2017 23:33:16 GMTPlus10

The Los Angeles Dodgers worked all season to have home field advantage and made it pay over the weekend as they defeated the Chicago Cubs twice in the National League Championship Series.

Justin Turner smacked a three-run walk off home run on Sunday evening as the Dodgers took the second game of the series 4-1 following their 5-2 triumph on Saturday.

Rich Hill went the first five innings for the hosts at Dodger Stadium allowing a single run on three hits and a walk while striking out eight before handing the ball over the bullpen.

LA's relievers did not allow a hit or a walk the rest of the way to dominate the defending World Series winners who now head home to Chicago knowing they face an effective, if not literal, must win in Game 3 of the series at Wrigley Field.

While the Cubs and the Dodgers have the day off the Houston Astros and New York Yankees will play their Game 3 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Houston also has a 2-0 advantage as Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander provided an effective one-two punch for the American League West Division champions.

Charlie Morton gets the call for the Astros with the Yankees scheduled to counter with C.C. Sabathia. Morton was eminently hittable down the stretch for Houston, but their offense stepped up repeatedly to help drive the veteran right-hander to a 14-7 mark.

Sabathia on the other hand got progressively better as the year went on and the left-hander has plenty of postseason experience.

The Dodgers are 1.62 to win the World Series.

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