The Los Angeles Dodgers are scheduled to fly to Houston Thursday, then conduct a workout at Minute Maid Park in preparation for Game 3 of the World Series Friday.
The Astros tied the best-of-seven Series at one game a piece Wednesday with a 7-6 victory in Dodger Stadium, becoming the first team to hit three home runs in extra innings of a postseason game, including George Springer’s two-run tie-breaking home run in the top of the 11th inning.
Of the previous 58 times a World Series has been tied at one game a piece, the team winning Game 3 has gone on to win the World Series 37 times, 63.8 percent.
A bit of history in the Dodgers favor — of the 58 previous occasions, the visiting team in Game 3 has won 32 times, 55.2 percent.
Yu Darvish will pitch for the Dodgers Friday. Houston has not announced its starter.
The Dodgers entered Wednesday’s game 98-0 this season, including the postseason, when they were leading after eight innings, the only team in the majors without a loss of that kind.
The Dodgers led 3-2 entering the top of the ninth, but the Astros tied the score when Marwin Gonzalez led off with a homer off Dodger closer Kenley Jansen on an 0-2 cutter. Gonzalez was the 10th player in World Series history to hit a game-tying homer in the ninth
The Astros took a 5-3 lead when Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa greeted reliever Josh Fields with back-to-back home runs in the top of the 10th. The back-to-back home runs were the 16th in World Series history.
Both teams rallied during what would have been their last at-bat to tie the score in a game that set a World Series record for home runs — with eight.
Yasiel Puig homered for the Dodgers leading off the bottom of the 10th off Ken Giles, who struck out the next two batters, Yasmani Grandal and Austin Barnes. Logan Forsythe walked on a full count and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Kiki Hernandez singled in Forsythe, with Hernandez taking second on the throw to the plate. Chris Devenski relieved Giles and got Chris Taylor to fly out to center to end the inning.
The Dodgers tried to rally again in response to Springer’s homer. Charlie Culberson’s homer with two outs cut the Astros lead to 7-6, but Chris Devenski struck out Puig on a full-count change-up to give Houston its first World Series victory.
The Astros were swept in the 2005 World Series by the Chicago White and lost Game 1 to the Dodgers, 3-1, Tuesday.
“It was an emotional roller coaster,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “There were some big plays defensively. Some big pitches made. Obviously some big hits and big homers. The focus was there. Guys were playing hard on both sides and unfortunately, we came up short.”
Devenski, the fifth Houston pitcher and an alumnus of Gahr High in Cerritos, Golden West College in Huntington Beach and Cal State Fullerton, was credited with the victory, allowing only Culberson’s home run in his 1 1/3 innings. Brandon McCarthy, the ninth Dodger pitcher, took the loss, allowing two runs and two hits in one inning.
The eight home runs broke the record of seven in Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants.
“That’s an incredible game on many levels, so many ranges of emotion,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “If you like October baseball, if you like any kind of baseball, that’s one of the most incredible games you’ll ever be a part of.”
The temperature was 93 degrees when the game began at 5:17 p.m., the third highest known temperature for a World Series game behind 103 degrees for Game 1 Tuesday and 94 for Game 1 of the 2001 Series in Phoenix between the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees. Records date back to 1975.
“I think the heat effected the home runs,” Houston starting pitcher Justin Verlander said. “I think Dodger Stadium is pretty known for at night the ball not carrying. Doesn’t seem like the case the last couple of nights.”
Three home runs were hit Tuesday.
The Dodgers were held to two hits through seven innings but held a 3-1 lead entering the eighth on home runs by Joc Pederson and Corey Seager.
Jansen entered the game with no outs in the top of the eighth and Alex Bregman, on second after a ground-rule double off Brandon Morrow that bounced off the glove of Puig, the Dodgers right fielder, and bounced into the crowd adjacent to foul territory.
Jansen induced Altuve, the first batter he faced, to ground out, with Bregman advancing to third. The next hitter, Carlos Correa singled, driving in Bregman and ending the Dodger bullpen’s 28-inning scoreless streak during the postseason.
Houston opened the scoring in the third. Former Dodger Josh Reddick led off with an infield single, moved to second on Justin Verlander’s sacrifice bunt, third on Springer’s single and scored on Bregman’s single.
Seager hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the sixth inning following a full-count walk to Chris Taylor. At 23 years, 181 days old, Seager became the second-youngest Dodger to hit a World Series home run, behind Pete Reiser, who was 22 years, 202 days old when he homered in the 1941 World Series.
Pederson homered with two outs in the fifth after Verlander did not allow a hit over the first 4 2/3 innings.
Verlander allowed three runs and two hits over six innings, striking out five and walking two.
“I wasn’t upset,” Velander said when asked about being lifted for a pinch-hitter. “Going into that inning, if I don’t give up that two-out walk and then the subsequent home run, I probably hit for myself and would stay in the game.
But when you need offense, as is the National League, especially the swings I took the at-bat before that, I kind of expected that.”
Rich Hill, the Dodger starter, was removed by Roberts after four innings. He allowed one run and three hits, struck out seven and walked three.
Dodger pitcher turned broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela threw the ceremonial first pitch after retired broadcaster Vin Scully feigned that he would. Valenzuela’s pitch was caught by Dodger catching instructor Steve Yeager, a Dodger catcher from 1972-85.
The capacity crowd of 54,293 for the four-hour, 19-minute game included entertainer Justin Timberlake, actor Jason Bateman, game show host Pat Sajak, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, golfer Tiger Woods, International Boxing Hall of Fame member Oscar de la Hoya, and Basketball Hall of Fame member Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The crowd also included actor Norman Lloyd, who will turn 103 on Nov. 8. Lloyd, best known for his portrayal of Dr. Daniel Auschlander on the 1982-88 NBC medical drama “St. Elsewhere,” also attended Game 1 of the 1926 World Series between the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals.
—City News Service