In likely the hottest game in World Series history, Dallas-born Clayton Kershaw and Oklahoma-born Dallas Keuchel battled each other in 100-degree heat with the long balls deciding the winner. Keuchel gave up two homers over 6-2/3rd innings while Kershaw allowed one on just three hits over seven frames as the Los Angeles Dodgers took the opener of the best-of-seven Fall Classic, 3-1, at Chavez Ravine.
Turner, Jansen celebrate win
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Game Two is Wednesday night when A.L.C.S. MVP Justin Verlander battles Dodger lefthander Rich Hill in another 7:00 pm Central showdown.
Once the festivities ended Tuesday, Chris Taylor started the fireworks with a huge home run deep into the left field seats on Keuchel's first pitch of the night.
Alex Bregman tied up the game in the fourth with a solo shot which cleared the left field fence and landed in the first row. Kershaw fanned eleven. The only other two hits he allowed were a third-inning single to right by Josh Reddick and Jose Altuve's single to left in the seventh. Brandon Morrow and Kenley Jansen each tossed a hitless inning of relief to preserve the win for Kershaw.
The game's turning point came in the sixth when Taylor walked on five pitches. Justin Turner then walloped a fly into the left-center stands for the deciding blow, a two-run homer. Brad Peacock and Chris Devenski mopped up for Keuchel.
George Springer got the "Golden Sombrero", whiffing all four times he came up. Overall, the Astros struck out 12 times with Bregman and Brian McCann the only Houston starters who did not go down on strikes.
Now the Series gets interesting. The Dodgers have some quality starters but, other than Kershaw, nobody who can match the dominance of Verlander. If he wins, the Astros have a chance to take the crown without returning out west. If he doesn't, the Astros fly back to Texas in an 0-2 hole.
The Astros are now 0-5 in World Series play.
- Bob Hulsey