As temperatures sizzled for history’s hottest World Series game, Justin Turner hit a tie-breaking two-run home run in the sixth inning and Clayton Kershaw and two Los Angeles Dodgers relievers limited the Houston Astros to three hits in a 3-1 victory in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
Chris Taylor hit Dallas Keuchel’s first pitch over the fence in left-center field for a homer leading off the bottom of the first inning in the hottest known World Series game.
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Kershaw allowed three hits, including Alex Bregman’s solo homer in the fourth, struck out 11 and did not walk a batter in seven innings. Brandon Morrow pitched a perfect eighth inning. Kenley Jansen retired all three batters he faced in the ninth, striking out one, for the save.
Taylor’s home run was the fourth leading off a Game 1 of the World Series. The most recent one was Alcides Escobar of the Kansas City Royals off Matt Harvey of the New York Mets in 2015.
Taylor was the 38th player to hit a home run in his first World Series at-bat, the first since teammate Chase Utley in 2008 when he played for the Philadelphia Phillies.
The temperature when Kershaw threw the game’s first pitch at 5:11 p.m. was 103 degrees, the highest known temperature for a World Series game. Records date back to 1975.
The previous hottest known World Series game was Game 1 of the 2001 World Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees in Phoenix on Oct. 27, 2001, when the first-pitch temperature was 94 degrees and Major League Baseball ordered the roof at the then-Bank One Ballpark to be open, according to The Weather Channel, citing information from a blog by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologist Alex Lamers.
The other World Series game with a temperature above 90 degrees was Game 6 of the 2001 World Series in Phoenix, when the high was 91.
Keuchel was charged with the loss, allowing three runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out three and walking one.
The capacity crowd of 54,253 included talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, comedian Jerry Seinfeld and basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The game was the first World Series game at Dodger Stadium since Oct. 16, 1988, when Orel Hershiser, now a Dodger broadcaster, pitched a three-hit shutout in a 6-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics in Game 2 of the series, won by the Dodgers, four games to one.
This is the first World Series matchup since 1970 when both teams won at least 100 games during the regular season.
Game 2 of the best-of-seven series will be played Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.
–City News Service