Se­ries

The Arizona Republic - - Azcentral Sports - Tay­lor cf Sea­ger ss Turner 3b 1-Cul­ber­son pr-2b Bellinger 1b Puig rf Forsythe 2b-3b Barnes c Ped­er­son dh Her­nan­dez lf Springer cf Breg­man 3b Al­tuve 2b Cor­rea ss Gur­riel 1b Red­dick rf Gat­tis dh Gon­za­lez lf Mc­Cann c 1-ran for Turner in the 9th. LOB—Los An

shaw starts Game 5 for the Dodgers on Sun­day night and Dal­las Keuchel for the Astros in a re­match of the opener, when Kershaw pitched Los An­ge­les to a 3-1 win.

Bellinger, a 22-year-old bop­per who set a Na­tional League rookie record with 39 home runs this sea­son, struck out four times in Game 3 and once more in the fifth in­ning — his eighth whiff of the Se­ries.

Dodgers man­ager Dave Roberts ex­pressed faith Fri­day night in Bellinger and again Satur­day af­ter­noon.

“He’s got that calm­ness about him,” Roberts said.

“And when things speed up, he has a way of sort of re­set­ting and not let­ting it spi­ral.”

Bellinger dou­bled over left fielder Mar­win Gon­za­lez, chas­ing starter Char­lie Mor­ton, and came home on Lo­gan Forsythe’s two-out sin­gle off Will Har­ris.

Giles en­tered to start the ninth and got into im­me­di­ate trou­ble, al­low­ing a lead­off sin­gle to Corey Sea­ger and a walk to Justin Turner. Bellinger took a low slider, then lined a fast­ball at the let­ters to left-cen­ter. He raised a hand round­ing first and clapped his hands half a dozen times in ex­cite­ment af­ter slid­ing into sec­ond.

Joe Mus­grove re­lieved and al­lowed Austin Barnes’ sac­ri­fice fly and Joc Ped­er­son’s three-run homer, his sec­ond home run of the Se­ries.

“You like that! You like that!” Ped­er­son yelled to team­mates, a la Wash­ing­ton Red­skins quar­ter­back Kirk Cousins, as he came back to dugout.

Wood, Bran­don Mor­row, win­ner Tony Watson and Ken­ley Jansen com­bined on a two-hit­ter. Jansen al­lowed Alex Breg­man’s two-out homer in the ninth, the 14th home run of the Se­ries.

Giles, the loser, was charged with three runs. He has an 11.75 post­sea­son ERA, al­low­ing runs in six of seven ap­pear­ances.

“When you’re a back-end re­liever,” Astros man­ager A.J. Hinch said, “un­less you’re ex­traor­di­nar­ily dom­i­nant, you’re only talked about when you suf­fer, when you strug­gle. So for him, he can han­dle it men­tally. He can han­dle it phys­i­cally.”

Springer put the Astros ahead when he drove a curve­ball, Wood’s 84th and fi­nal pitch, over the left-field score­board and into the Craw­ford Boxes. Wood dropped to a knee on the mound and watched the ball land in the seats and re­bound onto the field.

Hous­ton was nine outs from win­ning for the 18th time in 20 home games since re­turn­ing to Minute Maid Park af­ter Hur­ri­cane Har­vey, and from be­com­ing the first ma­jor league team to start a post­sea­son 8-0 at home.

But the Dodgers tied the score in the sev­enth. Bellinger pointed sky­ward when reach­ing sec­ond stand­ing up on his op­po­site-field hit. He clapped both hands above his head, said “It’s a mir­a­cle!” and pointed for the ball to be saved.

Los An­ge­les had been 1 for 17 with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion be­fore Forsythe’s hit.

Making only his sec­ond ap­pear­ance since Sept. 26, Wood ac­com­plished a feat that eluded Sandy Ko­ufax, Don Drys­dale, Orel Her­shiser and other Dodgers pitch­ing greats.

In the team’s 109th World Se­ries game, Wood be­came the first Dodgers pitcher to hold an op­po­nent hit­less through five in­nings.

Hous­ton had put a run­ner on in 14 con­sec­u­tive in­nings be­fore the 26-yearold lefty re­tired the side in or­der in the first.

Mor­ton was nearly as stingy, al­low­ing three hits in 6 1/3 in­nings.

Chris Tay­lor sin­gled lead­ing off the first but was thrown out on a de­layed steal at­tempt that ended the in­ning, the first run­ner caught steal­ing by Hous­ton catcher Brian Mc­Cann since June 18.

That was part of a streak of 15 straight outs by Mor­ton be­fore he hit Barnes on the right fore­arm with a pitch lead­ing off the sixth.

En­rique Her­nan­dez’s sin­gle put run­ners at the cor­ners and Tay­lor hit a twohop­per to third that Breg­man scooped on an in-be­tween hop and threw home in plenty of time for Mc­Cann to tag Barnes, who tried to stop about 10 feet from the plate and fell.

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