Houston, Texas, USA: The Los Angeles Dodgers came back from behind Saturday night, scoring five runs in the ninth inning, capped by a three-run homer by Joc Pederson, to beat the Houston Astros, 6-2, in Game 4 of the 2017 Baseball World Series to pull even at two games apiece.
Game 4 remained scoreless through the fifth inning, as Alex Wood completed a historic outing as the first Dodgers pitcher to carry his team through five World Series innings without allowing a hit.
Springer put the Houston Astros ahead when he drove a curveball, Wood’s 84th and final pitch, over the left-field scoreboard and into the Crawford Boxes.
Houston was nine outs from winning for the 18th time in 20 home games since returning to Minute Maid Park after Hurricane Harvey, and from becoming the first major league team to start a postseason 8-0 at home.
But the Dodgers tied the score in the seventh inning as Cody Bellinger scored off of a single from teammate Logan Forsythe.
Astros closer Ken Giles, started the ninth inning of a tied game and allowed a single to Corey Seager and a walk to Justin Turner before Cody Bellinger put the Dodgers ahead with an RBI double. Los Angeles’ late-hitting barrage snapped the Astros’ seven-game home winning streak this postseason. The ninth inning marked the first time the Astros trailed at home in this year’s playoffs.
Pederson’s long homer to right off Joe Musgrove four batters later pushed the lead to 6-1. The only two hits the Astros managed were homers by George Springer in the sixth and Alex Bregman in the ninth.
The expected pitching matchup will see a rematch from Game 1 as the Dodgers send three-time NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw to the mound to face off with 2015 AL Cy Young Award recipient Dallas Keuchel in Houston on Sunday night.
Teams that have won Game 4 to tie any World Series have gone on to win the Series 24 of 44 times, including three of the past four in that scenario (2014 Giants, ’13 Red Sox, ’03 Marlins).