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Ker­shaw sticks to plan in Dodgers win

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- Sports · College Sports · Baseball · MLB Baseball · Los Angeles Dodgers · Los Angeles · Tampa Bay Rays · Cy Young · Mookie Betts · Corey Seager · Cody Bellinger · Clayton Kershaw · Tyler Glasnow · Joc Pederson

DAL­LAS: Clay­ton Ker­shaw struck out six and foiled a brazen at­tempt at steal­ing home by Tampa Bay cen­tre fielder Manuel Mar­got as the Los An­ge­les Dodgers beat the Rays 4­2 in game five of the World Se­ries yes­ter­day.

The vic­tory gives the Dodgers a 3­2 lead in the best­of­seven se­ries and they can seal the ti­tle with a win to­mor­row.

Three­time Cy Young win­ner Ker­shaw threw to catcher Austin Barnes as Mar­got went bar­rel­ing to­ward home at the bot­tom of the fourth in­ning to pre­vent a run that would have tied the game.

‘‘[I] stuck with the game plan,’’ Ker­shaw, who sur­passed the record for most post­sea­son stri

in game

six ke­outs with his 206th, said.

‘‘It’s very ex­cit­ing but at the same time we’ve got to win one more game.’’

Rays start­ing pitcher Tyler Glas­now strug­gled early, four­time All Star Mookie Betts draw­ing first blood with a lead­off dou­ble be­fore Corey Sea­ger bat­ted Betts in with a ground ball to right field.

Sea­ger sprinted to sec­ond and then to third cour­tesy of a pair of wild pitches from Glas­now, be­fore cen­tre fielder Cody Bellinger hit a sin­gle to bring him home for a two­run lead.

Out­fielder Joc Ped­er­son then added to Glas­now’s pain, launch­ing a homer at the top of the sec­ond in­ning.

The Rays had two runs in the third but were un­able to match the Dodgers’ in­ten­sity, LA first base­man Max Muncy launch­ing a mon­ster homer in the fifth in­ning. — Reuters

 ?? USA TO­DAY SPORTS ?? Dodgers start­ing pitcher Clay­ton Ker­shaw cel­e­brates his side’s win over the Tampa Bay Rays in game five of the World Se­ries in Texas yes­ter­day.
USA TO­DAY SPORTS Dodgers start­ing pitcher Clay­ton Ker­shaw cel­e­brates his side’s win over the Tampa Bay Rays in game five of the World Se­ries in Texas yes­ter­day.

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