World Series all square

30 October 2017 05:35:13 GMTPlus11

It's now a best-of-three match-up for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros after LA's 6-2 victory in Game 4 of the World Series.

Tied at 1-1 in the top of the ninth, the Dodgers scored five runs, with Joc Pederson blasting a three-run shot to complete the scoring, to guarantee that the Series would return to Southern California for at least a Game 6.

Reliever Ken Giles took the loss after failing to retire a batter and the 27-year old right-hander has now allowed a run in six of seven post-season appearances.

Until the ninth it had been a pitchers duel as Houston's Charlie Morton allowed a single run in three hits and no walks while striking out seven over 6 1-3 innings while the Dodgers Alex Wood tossed a one-hitter, albeit a George Springer solo shot in the sixth, conceding the single run with two walks and three strike outs.

Game 5 on Sunday rolls out the Game 1 starters with Dallas Keuchel and Clayton Kershaw heading to the mound in Houston.
Kershaw, the LA ace, has been much better in this post-season and has started to erode his reputation as a struggler in big games.

None is more important than this one and the Dodgers would love to see a repeat of the Game 1 3-1 triumph where Kershaw struck out 11.

The Astros on the other hand will like their chances in Game 6 with Justin Verlander due to start against Rich Hill.

If Keuchel can get them a victory on Sunday before they head to LA, the Astros will be on the cusp of their first World Series title in franchise history.

Meanwhile, in the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins are 23.00 to win the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks 36.00 and the Toronto Maple Leafs priced at 17.00.

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