Los Angeles, California: National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers beat American League champion Houston Astros 3-1 in Game 1 of the 2017 World Series in Los Angeles to take the lead in the best-of-seven series, thanks in part to a dominant performance on the mound from Dodger ace pitcher, Clayton Kershaw.
Clayton Kershaw struck out eleven batters and surrendered only one other hit — a one-out single by the Astros’ Josh Reddick in the top of the third inning. Clayton Kershaw held the Astros to one run over seven innings. He had relief help from Brandon Morrow and Kenley Jansen in the eighth and ninth innings.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner broke up what had been a 1-1 classic pitchers’ duel with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Dodgers drew blood in the bottom of the first inning when center fielder Chris Taylor smacked the first pitch by Houston starter Dallas Keuchel deep into the left field seats.
The Astros silenced the Los Angeles crowd when third baseman Alex Bregman homered in the top of the fourth to tie the game.
Dallas Keuchel had the help of three double plays by his teammates in keeping the Dodgers at bay until Turner’s homer.
Down by a single run, the Astros’ starting pitcher kept the Dodgers at bay with his own efficient pitching and the help of three double plays by his teammates. Houston’s third baseman Alex Bregman silenced the Los Angeles crowd when he opened the fourth inning with a solo homer off of Kershaw to tie the game 1-1.
The game was looking like a classic pitchers’ duel until the bottom of the sixth inning when Keuchel, with two outs, walked Taylor. Dodger third baseman Justin Turner broke the tie with a two-run homer to left field.
Keuchel gave up three runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out three and surrendered one walk — to Taylor, setting up the Turner home run.
That made the score 3-1 Dodgers and their highly touted bullpen held that lead.
Game 1 is the hottest in World Series history with a temperature of 103 degrees at game time.
Astros ace and one-time Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel went up against the Dodgers’ three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw. Both starters were pitching on five days of rest.
The last time the Dodgers won the baseball World Series was 1988, when they beat the Oakland Athletics. The Astros lost their only previous Series appearance in 2005 — when they were in the National League — to the Chicago White Sox.
Houston Astros was the top offensive team in the majors this season, leading the league in runs, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.