By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Dodgers defeated the Rays, 8-3, on Tuesday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. With the win, the Dodgers lead the best of seven series 1-0.
The Rays are now 1-5 all-time in the World Series. Tampa Bay will have a chance to rebound in Game 2 on Wednesday night.
The Dodgers broke the game open in the fifth inning. After Kevin Kiermaier cut the lead to 2-1 with a 382-foot home run to right field, Los Angeles scored four runs.
Over the fifth and sixth inning, the Dodgers scored six runs.
Mookie Beets helped break the game open as he hit a 349-foot home run to right field. When Betts homered and Cody Bellinger homered in the fourth inning, the duo became the fifth pair of former MVPs to hit a home run in a World Series game, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information.
This was the first-time it happened since the 2002 World Series when both Jeff Kent and Barry Bonds hit home runs in World Series Game 2.
Betts also became just the second player in World Series, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information, to have a walk and multiple stolen bases in an inning. Babe Ruth was the first to do it in 1921.
Max Muncy and Bellinger had two RBIs each. Chris Taylor, Will Smith, Betts, and Kiké Hernández also had one RBI each.
Kevin Keirmaier had two RBIs for the Rays. Michael Brosseau also had an RBI.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw picked up the win. He went six innings and allowed one run (one earned run) on two hits.
Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow received the loss. Glasnow — who grew up in the Los Angeles area — allowed six runs (six earned runs) on three hits in 4 1/3 innings.
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