Houston, Texas, USA: The Houston Astros took a 2-1 series lead tonight after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 in the baseball World Series Game 3 at Minute Maid Park, Houston. The Houston Astros jumped out to a 4-1 lead after three innings. Los Angeles Dodgers slowly chipped away at Houston’s lead but could not overcome the early deficit.
Houston scored four runs in the bottom of the second off Yu Darvish, who was bounced after 1.2 innings, while Houston’s Lance McCullers threw 5.1 innings for the victory before giving way to Brad Peacock’s 3.2-inning save.
Houston opened the bottom of the second inning with a solo home run by first baseman Yuli Gurriel.
It’s 1-0 Houston Astros.
Right fielder Josh Reddick has a double.
Designated hitter Evan Gattis walked. A hard-hit single by left fielder Marwin Gonzalez scored Reddick. Catcher Brian McCann followed with another single, scoring Gattis
It’s 3-0 Houston Astros.
Third baseman Alex Bregman hits a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Gonzalez for a fourth run.
Alex Bregman had a line drive rate of 31.1% (23/74) on fastballs away this season (Rank: 13th of 145 full-time hitters in MLB; League Avg: 22.9%
Astros took it to Yu Darvish early, forcing Darvish out of the game after 1 2/3 innings.. The Astros hit Yu Darvish hard in the second, in mph: 104, 86, 99, 75, 105, 103, 108. Five 99-mph-plus in one inning is obscene.
Yu Darvish’s final line: 1 2/3 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 HR. The shortest outing of his career comes in World Series Game 3.
It’s 4-0 Houston Astros.
Dodgers starter Yu Darvish was pulled for reliever Kenta Maeda after Astros second baseman Jose Altuve smoked a double to center field. Maeda managed to get the final out without further damage.
Dodgers scored one run when shortstop Corey Seager grounded into a double play in the third.
It’s 4-1 Houston Astros.
In the 5th inning, a throw to first ends in a collision that gets Gattis over to second and the ball far enough away that Reddick scored. Gonzalez strikes out to end the inning, but it didn’t take long for Watson and the Dodgers to undo a little of what Maeda did for them. 5-1, Astros after five
It’s 5-1 Houston Astros.
6th inning: It’s 5-3 Houston Astros on three runs that were charged to McCullers.
The Astros now have a series lead 2-1 having won Game 2 of the Series on Wednesday in Dodger Stadium, 7-6, evening the best-of-seven series at one game apiece. It was the second consecutive loss for the Dodgers, who began 8-1 in postseason play, while Houston improved to 7-0 at Minute Maid Park in the playoffs.
In tonight’s game, the Astros sent right-handed starter Lance McCullers (7-4, ERA 4.25) to the mound. Righty Yu Darvish (10-12, ERA 3.86) started for LA.
Friday night’s game in an American League park also featured designated hitters in both lineups. The Dodgers’ DH was Joc Pederson in the eighth slot; the Astros went with Evan Gattis batting seventh.
In the Game 3 pregame ceremony, three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt , one of Houston’s biggest stars, threw out the first pitch to open World Series Game tonight.
Astro Hall-of-Famer Craig Biggio delivered the ball to Watt in the ceremony which also included Olympian gold medalist Simone Biles, former Dynamo star Brian Ching and Astronaut Scott Kelly.
Watt, who suffered a season-ending broken leg in Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs, helped lead a fundraising effort after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Greater Houston area.
Home field advantage, in the series, goes to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the present 2-3-2 format, meaning the first two games are in Los Angeles, followed by Games 3, 4, and 5 (if necessary) in Houston. If necessary, Games 6 and 7 will be back in Los Angeles.