Dodgers tie series with late rally

Joc Pederson hits a three-run home run against the Houston Astros in the ninth inning in game four of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. (Photo: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

HOUSTON, TX– Joc Pederson smacked a three-run home run to cap a five-run top of the ninth, and the Los Angeles Dodgers evened the World Series at two games apiece with a 6-2 victory Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

Alex Wood pitched five-and-two-thirds innings for the Dodgers, allowing one run on one hit and two walks with three strikeouts. Brandon Morrow and Tony Watson held the Astros hitless and scoreless over two-and-one-third innings in relief.

Cody Bellinger had a pair of doubles and the first RBI of the ninth inning for the Dodgers, becoming the youngest player in World Series history with an extra-base hit at just 22 years old. Wood took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, losing it when George Springer hit a solo home run with two outs in the inning.

Charlie Morton tossed six-and-one-third innings for the Astros, giving up one run on three hits and fanning seven.

After four innings, Morton and Wood had given up one combined hit, which was the first time since 1998 this occurred in a World Series game.

Bellinger opened the scoring in the ninth inning, taking a 1-0 fastball and putting it into the left-centerfield gap to score Corey Seager, who had singled and moved to second on a walk for Justin Turner. Charlie Culberson then pinch-ran for Turner, but Yasiel Puig struck out for the first out of the inning. Logan Forsythe was then intentionally walked to bring Austin Barnes to the plate. Barnes hit the sixth pitch he faced into right field for a sacrifice fly out, bringing home Culberson and sending Bellinger to third. Pederson completed the rally in the next at bat, crushing a fastball 408 feet to right field and over the wall.

Game five will be played Sunday at 8:20 p.m. in Houston. The Dodgers will send Clayton Kershaw to the mound, while the Astros will counter with Dallas Keuchel, setting up a rematch of game one.

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