Pederson, Muncy and Kershaw Held Off Rays 4-2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are one victory away from their first World Series title in 32 years.
Joc Pederson and Max Muncy hit solo homers as the Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-2 to take a three-games-to-two lead in the World Series. It was Muncy’s third homer and 12th RBI with two out in this postseason.
It took L.A. just two batters in taking the lead. Mookie Betts led off the top of the first with a double and scored on Corey Seager’s single. Clay Bellinger’s RBI single made it 2-0 later in the inning.
Winning pitcher Clayton Kershaw worked 5 2/3 innings for the Dodgers, allowing two runs and five hits. Kershaw was helped out when Manuel Margot was thrown out attempting to steal home in the fifth inning.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner has two of L.A’s three wins in the series.
Randy Arozarena delivered an RBI single that got Tampa Bay within 3-2 in the third inning. It was his 27th hit of this postseason, breaking the old mark set by Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval in 2014.
Rays starter and loser Tyler Glasnow was reached for four runs over five innings.
The Dodgers can wrap up the series on Tuesday.