Game-by-game review, box scores,
A game-by-game look at the 2017 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros:
Dodgers 3, Astros 1
Site: Los Angeles With the temperature at first pitch a World Series-record 103 degrees, all four runs come as a result of home runs off starters Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel is cruising along through the first five innings, but after getting the first two batters in the sixth inning, he issues his first walk of the game — to Chris Taylor — and then leaves a cut fastball up and on the inside part of the plate to Justin Turner, who deposits it into the seats in left center to put L.A. up 3-1. Kershaw’s 11 strikeouts are the most by a Dodgers World Series starter since Sandy Koufax in 1965. It is the quickest World Series game since 1992 at 2 hours, 28 minutes. Quotable: “This was a special night to Clayton. The depth of the slider, the fastball command, the back-door cutter, the curveball. Tonight was one of those nights, I think, the first time in a while where we’ve seen all three of his pitches synced up.” — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
Astros 7, Dodgers 6 (11 innings)
Site: Los Angeles The 4-hour, 19-minute game sees 54,293 fans at Dodger Stadium stay until the end, as George Springer’s two-run homer in the top of the 11th proves decisive in a slugfest that includes a record eight home runs. Houston trails 3-1 entering the eighth inning facing a dominant Dodger bullpen that has pitched 28 consecutive scoreless innings in the postseason. However, Carlos Correa’s RBI single and Marwin Gonzalez’s solo homer off closer Kenley Jansen force extra innings. With Josh Fields taking over for Jansen in the 10th, Jose Altuve and Correa hit back-toback home runs in the top of the 10th inning to put the Astros in front. Yet Yasiel Puig hits a leadoff homer in the bottom of the 10th and the Dodgers tie the score on a two-out RBI single by Enrique Hernandez off closer Ken Giles. But in the 11th — with veteran Brandon McCarthy pitching for the first time since Oct. 1 and making his first career appearance in the postseason — Springer connects and Houston hangs on. Quotable: “I’ve been part of some pretty exciting games, but with all that this one entailed to be in the World Series and to be down a game, the roller coaster of emotion. ... This is an instant classic, and to be able to be part of it is pretty special.” — Astros Game 2 starter Justin Verlander, who gives up three earned runs in six innings.
Astros 5, Dodgers 3
Site: Houston The Astros pummel Yu Darvish for four runs in the second inning in what becomes the shortest outing of Darvish’s major league career. Yuli Gurriel homers while Gonzalez and Brian McCann have RBI singles in the big inning. Lance McCullers tosses five solid innings before Brad Peacock comes on in relief in the sixth and allows two inherited runners to score. But Peacock blanks the Dodgers for
the final 32⁄ innings to close out 3 the win. During the game, Gurriel is caught on the television broadcast making a slant-eyes gesture after his homer off Darvish. He also utters the word “chinito,” a slang term for “little Chinese guy,” in reference to the Japanese-born Darvish. Major League Baseball suspends him for five games at the start of next season.
Quotable: “No one is perfect. That includes both you and I. What he had done today isn’t right, but I believe we should put our effort into learning rather than to accuse him. If we can take something from this, that is a giant step for mankind.” — Darvish on Gurriel’s gesture.
Dodgers 6, Astros 2 (10 innings)
Site: Houston Cody Bellinger snaps out of his hitless World Series slump with two doubles as the Dodgers score five runs in the ninth inning. The Dodgers’ Alex Wood carries a no-hit bid into the sixth, and Astros starter Charlie Morton pitches scoreless ball into the seventh. Bellinger doubles with one out in the seventh off Morton and scores on Logan Forsythe’s single. Then with the score tied in the ninth, Giles al- lows a leadoff single to Corey Seager and walks Turner before Bellinger’s opposite-field double brings home the go-ahead run. Joc Pederson’s three-run homer off Joe Musgrove with two outs puts the game away.
Quotable: “I didn’t do my job. Plain and simple. I let my team down.” — Giles.
Astros 13, Dodgers 12 (10 innings)
Site: Houston The Dodgers and Astros trade haymakers like a pair of heavyweights until Alex Bregman drives home pinch-runner Derek Fisher from second base on a two-out single off Jansen to provide the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to finally end the game after 5 hours, 17 minutes. With Kershaw on the mound, the Dodgers jump out to a four-run lead, only to have Gurriel tie it in the fourth with a three-run homer. Bellinger unties it with a three-run shot in the top of the fifth, only to have Altuve tie it back up again with a frenzy-inducing three-run homer in the bottom of the inning. Houston turns an 8-7 deficit into an 11-8 lead in the seventh thanks to homers from Springer and Correa. But the Houston bullpen allows Puig to
hit a two-run homer and Taylor’s RBI single to tie the score at 12 and set up Bregman’s gamewinner. The seven home runs raise the World Series total to a record 22.
Quotable: “It’s the greatest game I’ve ever been part of. The greatest game I ever watched. You’re watching it, and you’re thinking, ‘ God dang, this is crazy watching it.’ It’s something I’ve never seen, and I’m not sure I want to see again.” — Astros pitcher Peacock. Game 6
Dodgers 3, Astros 1
Site: Los Angeles Verlander takes a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning, but Austin Barnes hits a leadoff single and Verlander hits Chase Utley before a Taylor double plates Barnes and a Seager fly ball to the warning track scores Utley. The Astros’ run comes on Springer’s homer off Rich Hill, but McCann singles and Gonzalez doubles to give the Astros a threat in the top of the fifth. Hill strikes out Josh Reddick and Verlander, then intentionally walks Springer. Reliever Brandon Morrow gets Bregman to ground weakly to shortstop to end the inning. The Dodger Stadium crowd boos Gurriel relentlessly and gets hysterical as Pederson’s seventh-inning homer off Musgrove gives the Dodgers an insurance run. Pederson runs around the bases and flashes the money sign to teammates, yelling “pay me.”
Quotable: “I think (a Game 7) seems fitting. You’ve got the two best teams in baseball going head to head. These two teams mirror one another. The compete and fight in both teams is the most important thing I see as similarities.” — Roberts. Game 7
Dodgers 5, Astros 1
Site: Los Angeles Houston wins its first title as Springer sets World Series records by homering in four consecutive games and tallying 29 total bases to become the third player in big-league history to hit five home runs in a single World Series. Springer, the Series MVP, opens the Astros’ first-inning rally with a double down the left-field line. A throwing error by Bellinger scores him and puts Bregman on second base. Bregman steals third, then scores on an Altuve ground out to give Houston a 2-0 lead. An inning later, after a McCullers ground out scored McCann from third base, Springer hits his fifth home run of the series to end Darvish’s night and put the Astros ahead 5-0. A series of Houston relievers keeps the Dodgers offense at bay. Los Angeles gets multiple runners on base in the first, second, third and fifth innings but can’t score.
Quotable: “I can’t stop crying because it’s been heartbreak every time. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, and it didn’t. I was born in Houston, was a batboy for the club, and I know the DNA of this city and this club. These are tears of joy. We did it, we really did it.” — Reid Ryan, son of Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, and Astros president of business operations. Contributing: Steve Gardner, Ted Berg, Bob Nightengale
World Series MVP George Springer hit five home runs and totaled 29 bases against the Dodgers.
The Astros, whose first season as an MLB franchise was in 1962 when they were the Colt .45s, celebrate their first World Series title.