Hill, Dodgers bullpen stifle Astros to force Game 7

Joc Pederson (31) reacts after connecting in the seventh inning in game six of the 2017 World Series. (Photo: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)

LOS ANGELES, CA– Rich Hill lasted four-and-two-thirds innings, allowing one run on four hits and one walk with five strikeouts, and the Los Angeles Dodgers went on to beat the Houston Astros. in Game 6 of the 2017 World Series. Dodger relievers Brandon Morrow, Tony Watson, Kenta Maeda and Kenley Jansen held the Astros scoreless in the final four-and-one-third innings, giving up two hits and one walk, while fanning four.

Jansen, who threw two hitless and scoreless innings, earned his 13th career postseason save. He ranks fourth on the all-time postseason saves list, sitting two back of Dennis Eckersley for third on the list.

George Springer (Astros) and Joc Pederson (Dodgers) each hit a solo home run for their respective teams, increasing the overall postseason total to 103, which is the most in MLB history for a single postseason. Springer’s home run was his fourth of the series from the lead-off spot, tying him for the most from that position in World Series history (Lenny Dykstra in 1993).

Justin Verlander pitched six innings for the Astros, letting up two runs and three hits, while punching out nine. The loss Verlander’s first as a member of the Astros. Verlander entered the game with a 0.46 ERA in possible series-clinching games, the lowest since 1915.

The Dodgers took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Austin Barnes opened the inning with a single, which was the first time in the game the Dodgers opened an inning with a hit. Chase Utley followed by being hit by a pitch to bring Chris Taylor to the plate. Taylor fell behind 1-2 in the count, but was able to hit a high fastball into right field for a game-tying RBI double.

With runners on second and third with none, Corey Seager came up with a chance to give the Dodgers the lead. Seager did not disappoint the Dodger faithful as after he fouled off a 1-2 fastball, he drove a low slider into right field. Seager’s fly ball came down just feet short of a three-run home run with Josh Reddick making the catch, but was deep enough to allow Utley to score from third, giving the Dodgers the lead and Seager a sacrifice fly.

The Dodgers win forces the series to go to a decisive game seven for the third time in the last four years (2014 and 2016). In those game sevens, the road teams claimed the victory (Giants and Cubs). Collin McHugh is set to start for the Astros while Yu Darvish will oppose him for the Dodgers.

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