Justin Turner set the tone with a first-inning home run and the Los Angeles Dodgers marched to a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday to take a 2-1 lead in the World Series.Austin Barnes added a solo homer and a squeeze bunt as the Dodgers provided plenty of support to outstanding pitcher Walker Buehler – who gave up just one run in six innings while striking out 10.
Los Angeles, seeking their first title in 32 years after coming up empty in World Series appearances in 2017 and 2018, will try to stretch their lead in Major League Baseball’s best-of-seven championship series in game four on Saturday.
“I feel good out there,” said Buehler. “Our team gave me a cushion and allowed me to be aggressive. You can’t ask more than that.
“I made a couple of bad pitches, when I gave up the run, but other than that I felt good with it. There is a comfort level with both our catchers. Barnes back there, put me in a spot to execute . We are happy.”
The roof was closed in case of inclement weather at Globe Life Field in Arlington Texas, where the first neutral site World Series in modern major league history caps a pandemic-shortened season.
Statistics in the Texas Rangers’ new park’s first season show fewer runs scored on average in games played with the roof closed, but Turner wasted no time in bucking that trend when he lashed a fastball from Rays star pitcher Charlie Morton over the left field wall to put the Dodgers up 1-0 with two out in the top of the first.
The 11th post-season homer of Turner’s career tied him with Duke Snider for the most in Dodgers’ history. (AFP)