World Series Game 1 went to the Dodgers.
Clayton Kershaw was at his best, needing only 83 pitches to deliver seven innings of one-run ball. He struck out 11, issued zero walks, and limited a very dangerous Astros lineup to just three hits as Los Angeles earned a fast-paced 3-1 victory Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
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Only one other pitcher in baseball history has tallied 11 strikeouts and surrendered zero free passes in a World Series start. That was Don Newcombe of the 1949 Brooklyn Dodgers.
Chris Taylor and Justin Turner, the co-MVPs of the National League Championship Series, led the way offensively in this one for L.A. Taylor kicked off the bottom of the first inning with a no-doubter off Astros starter Dallas Keuchel that sailed 447 feet, landing near the top of the left-field bleachers. Taylor then drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the sixth and scored on a two-run homer by Turner that creeped just over the wall in left.
The only run of the night for Houston came on a solo shot by Alex Bregman in the top of the fourth. Astros leadoff man George Springer finished 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. Jose Altuve was 1-for-4 with a seventh-inning single. Carlos Correa, Yulieski Gurriel, Brian McCann, and Marwin Gonzalez -- the Astros’ No. 4-7 hitters -- combined to go 0-for-12.
Justin Verlander will be on the mound for Houston in Game 2 on Wednesday night in L.A.
It’ll be Rich Hill for the Dodgers, who hold a 1-0 lead in this best-of-seven Fall Classic.
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