World Series all square
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.
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