With Kenley Jansen retiring the side in the ninth inning, the Los Angeles Dodgers have forced a seventh game in the 2017 World Series. In another pitching matchup, the pitching staff of the Dodgers outdueled the staff of the Astros as the Dodgers beat the Astros 3-1.
Once again a run was scored on a home run as George Springer homered off Rich Hill with two outs.
But in the sixth inning, the Dodgers overtook the Astros and never looked back.
After cruising through the first five innings in which he gave up only a single in the second inning, Justin Verlander suddenly struggled in the sixth. Austin Barnes hit a leadoff single and Chase Utley was hit by a pitch. Then Chris Taylor doubled to right field to drive in Barnes for the game-tying run. A sac fly by Corey Seager drove in Chase Utley for the go-ahead run.
In the meantime, the Astros had a golden opportunity to extend their lead in the fifth. With runners on the corners and no out, Rich Hill Struck out two and Brandon Morrow, who replaced Hill, retired Alex Bregman on a groundout.
In the remaining innings, the Astros did not come close to scoring a run. The Dodgers, on the other hand, scored an insurance run in the seventh inning on, you may guess it, a home run. Joc Pederson connected for a solo shot to left field.
Justin Verlander lasted six innings and took the loss as he was responsible for two runs on three hits despite striking out nine. Tony Watson earned the win for the Dodgers. Watson faced two batters in the sixth inning of which one was hit by a pitch and the second was retired for the final out of the inning.
After two unfortunate outings in no save situations, Kenley Janssen retired the side in the ninth inning for a two-inning save in which he struck out three and retired the side twice.
Thanks to this win, there will be a seventh game, a real climax of the 2017 baseball season.