ARLINGTON, Texas — The theme overdue Saturday evening and early Sunday afternoon — in the aftermath of a heart-wrenching, stomach-churning loss — was once common some of the contributors of the Los Angeles Dodgers: They needed to omit. They needed to wipe away the reminiscence of an unbelievable ninth-inning breakdown, leap proper back and win a an important, World Series-shifting Game 5.
“We’re nonetheless beautiful assured we are the most efficient crew in baseball,” Dodgers catcher Will Smith stated, “and we are gonna win this factor.”
Thanks to extra early runs, a gutsy get started from Clayton Kershaw and a primary restoration from the bullpen, the Dodgers moved a step nearer with their 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, taking a 3-2 Series lead and shifting one victory away from their first championship since 1988.
The Dodgers picked up a couple of first-inning runs off Tyler Glasnow, then were given solo homers from Joc Pederson and Max Muncy. But the sport shifted in the ground of the fourth when, with no one out, two Rays batters on base and the Dodgers main by means of handiest a run, Kershaw precipitated a shallow popup, recorded a strikeout, then retired Manuel Margot as he tried to scouse borrow house.
Kershaw went directly to retire the following 5 batters and, simply as necessary, Dustin May retired the 4 who adopted to give protection to the lead. The Dodgers pen secure that lead when Victor Gonzalez completed up the 8th and Blake Treinen nailed down the 9th to keep the lead.