The Los Angeles Dodgers' starting pitchers have dominated in the opening games of the World Series in a way not seen since 1915. 

Walker Buehler starred in Game 3 against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, leading the way in a 6-2 victory that gave the Dodgers a 2-1 series lead. 

Buehler struck out 10 batters and conceded just three hits and one run in six innings of work. In doing so, he became the first pitcher in World Series history to have 10-plus strikeouts in an outing of six innings or less, per Stats Perform. 

But Buehler's performance just added to the dominance of the Dodgers' starters in the series so far.

According to Stats Perform, the Dodgers have held the Rays to a .133 batting average (six-for-45) – the lowest allowed by a team's starters through the first three games of a World Series since the Boston Red Sox (.129) in 1915. 

Back then, the Red Sox also held a 2-1 lead over the Philadelphia Phillies. They closed it out in five games. 

Clayton Kershaw, the three-time National League (NL) Cy Young Award winner often criticised for his performances in the postseason, got the Dodgers started. 

The left-hander struck out eight and gave up just one run in six innings in Game 1, when Rays ace Tyler Glasnow walked six.

Tony Gonsolin only lasted 1.1 innings in Game 2 as the Rays levelled the series, but Buehler was in fine form on Friday. 

Randy Arozarena has enjoyed a spectacular postseason but is hitting .200 in the World Series - he is 0-for-six against the Dodgers' starters so far. 

No Ray has had more than one hit against the starters, with Yandy Diaz, Brandon Lowe, Manuel Margot, Willy Adames, Kevin Kiermaier and Austin Meadows each managing one. 

The Dodgers will turn to Julio Urias on Saturday. Urias is 6-2 in his postseason career with a 2.84 ERA. 

If he can carry on the form of the Dodgers' starters so far, LA should take another step towards a first World Series title in 1988.

Justin Turner hailed the "outstanding" Walker Buehler after the Los Angeles Dodgers moved a step closer to winning the World Series.

Buehler struck out 10 batters and conceded just three hits and a run in six innings to guide the Dodgers past the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Friday as they moved into a 2-1 series lead.

Turner, who homered in the first inning, lauded Buehler's start as the Dodgers closed to within two wins of a first World Series title since 1988.

"Just outstanding command, using his pitches, pitching to all four quadrants," he told Fox Sports.

"That's the Walker Buehler we know – just going out and attacking hitters and being aggressive with his fast ball and then mixing in his little cutter and slider and the curve ball to lefties.

"[It was] just another outstanding start for him in the postseason to add to his resume."

Buehler became the first pitcher in World Series history to have 10-plus strikeouts in an outing of six innings or less, as per Stats Perform.

The 26-year-old was satisfied, telling MLB Network: "I think for me I kind of know what I am.

"I throw my fast ball a lot and the other stuff off of it and I can't really nitpick and go all over the place.

"[I] just throw what I know and trust the guys behind the plate."

Walker Buehler led the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Tampa Bay Rays and into a 2-1 World Series lead on Friday.

Buehler struck out 10 over six innings as the Dodgers claimed a 6-2 victory at Globe Life Field to move closer to a first World Series title since 1988.

He gave up just three hits and one run and became the first pitcher in World Series history to have 10-plus strikeouts in an outing of six innings or less, as per Stats Perform.

The Dodgers opened up a 5-0 lead through four innings, with Justin Turner's home run to left field beginning the scoring.

According to Stats Perform, Turner has 11 career postseason homers – all of which have come since he turned 30. Only Nelson Cruz (17) and Jim Edmonds (13) have more at 30 or older.

Max Muncy's two-run single made it 3-0 before Austin Barnes' sacrifice bunt and Mookie Betts' RBI single put the Dodgers clear.

Willy Adames' RBI double put the Rays on the board before Barnes crushed a homer for the Dodgers in the sixth.

Randy Arozarena blasted a solo homer for Tampa Bay in the ninth inning for his eighth HR of the postseason, but it mattered little.

Rays starter Charlie Morton pitched 4.1 innings, giving up seven hits and five runs while striking out six.

Game 4 of the World Series is on Saturday.

Brandon Lowe is quickly moving on from his heroics for the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 2 of the World Series, saying it "means nothing now".

Lowe crushed two home runs as the Rays beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 on Wednesday to level the series at 1-1.

The 26-year-old became the second player in MLB history to have a multi-homer game in the World Series after entering the clash with a sub-.200 batting average in the postseason (minimum 30 plate appearances), as per Stats Perform.

Lowe, who went two-for-five with three RBIs, said he would move on quickly.

"Leaving today I feel a lot better than I have beforehand, that's for sure," he told ESPN.

"Not to read too deep into it, but tonight, you've got to come out the next day, come out the next game and do it all over again.

"Today means nothing now, you've got to come out and do it all again."

Rays ace Blake Snell produced a fine start, striking out nine in 4.2 innings while conceding two runs.

Lowe praised the pitcher, saying: "It was a blast.

"There were a few times that I think he fooled me and I knew what pitches were coming, which is pretty impressive.

"He was looking really good and I didn't expect anything else coming out of Blake."

Game 3 of the World Series is on Friday.

Brandon Lowe and Blake Snell stepped up as the Tampa Bay Rays evened the World Series by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 in Game 2 on Wednesday.

Lowe homered twice and ace Snell starred to help the Rays bounce back from Tuesday's 8-3 defeat to the Dodgers in Arlington, Texas.

After homering off starter Tony Gonsolin in the first inning, Lowe repeated the feat off Dustin May in the fifth as the Rays took control at Globe Life Field, where Tampa Bay led 5-0.

The Dodgers – without a World Series title since 1988 – rallied through Will Smith's sixth-inning home run and National League Championship Series (NLCS) MVP Corey Seager's homer in the eighth but the Rays held on.

Lowe became the second player in MLB history to have a multi-homer game in the World Series after entering the contest with a sub-.200 batting average in the postseason, following the Baltimore Orioles' Eddie Murray, according to Stats Perform.

Tampa Bay's Lowe and Joey Wendle also became the first set of team-mates in World Series history to drive in three-plus runs each to account for all of their team's runs in a game.

Snell set the tone for the Rays, boasting eight-plus strikeouts and no hits allowed through four innings, following in the footsteps of Sandy Koufax in 1963.

The Rays pitcher's dream of a no-hitter was dashed in the fifth – walking Kike Hernandez and serving up a home run to Chris Taylor. After a walk to Dodgers star Mookie Betts and a Seager single, Snell departed after 4.2 innings, two hits, two runs, one homer and nine strikeouts.

In his absence, the Dodgers' Smith connected on Nick Anderson's pitch for a home run in the sixth before Seager went long off Pete Fairbanks, however, the Rays withstood the fightback.

The teams will return for Game 3 on Friday, with the Dodgers sending Walker Buehler to the mound as the Rays – eyeing their first World Series crown – start Charlie Morton.

Kevin Cash explained his reasoning behind sticking with starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow in a fifth inning that proved costly for the Tampa Bay Rays in their World Series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

The Dodgers triumphed 8-3 at Globe Life Field but the score was still only 2-1 ahead at the crucial moment in Tuesday's contest. 

Glasnow ended up throwing for a career-high 112 pitches, giving up six runs on three hits. He also allowed six walks. 

Four of the runs came in the fifth, with Mookie Betts and Corey Seager pulling off a double steal for the Dodgers. 

Rays manager Cash said his thinking to stick with Glasnow after the double steal was partly influenced by the fact he felt he was the best option to strike out Max Muncy. 

"I just trusted that he [Glasnow] had plenty of stuff to keep us right there," Cash said in quotes reported by ESPN.  

"The walks are definitely not ideal, but we didn't do a good job of holding the runners on. We can't allow the double steal right there. 

"I felt like we needed a strikeout, and there might not be anyone better equipped to get a strikeout right there than Glass."

Muncy went on to make first base, allowing Betts to make it home from third, and that was followed by a run-scoring single from Will Smith that eventually saw Glasnow sat down for reliever Ryan Yarbrough. 

"If I could go back and strike [Muncy] out, it would be great, but it didn't happen that way," Glasnow said.  

"I felt a little weird at the beginning. Just too many walks, not executing enough. 

"I felt relatively good. Any pitcher at the end part of the [outing], you want to be left in. That's the competitive nature. 

"I think the adrenaline takes over. When I go to 100 pitches, I don't feel the fatigue that much." 

Per ESPN, it was the first time in World Series history a pitcher allowed six earned runs and walked six batters, while it was only the third occasion it had happened in the postseason. 

His 112 pitches came from just 4.1 innings, the fewest in an outing of 110-plus pitches in a postseason contest since tracking began in 1988. 

Catcher Mike Zunino said: "I thought he was throwing the ball extremely well. A couple free passes, but he landed the breaker, threw some great changeups. He has a high ceiling with strikeouts, so he has the ability to get us out of a jam."

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw believes the team are unbeatable at their best after winning the opening game of the World Series.

The Dodgers drew first blood in Game 1, accounting for the Tampa Bay Rays 8-3 in MLB action on Tuesday.

Kershaw (201) starred at Globe Life Stadium, where the former National League (NL) MVP reached 200 career strikeouts in the playoffs to move second on the all-time list, only behind Justin Verlander (205), while Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger both homered.

The Dodgers have not won a World Series since 1988 but star pitcher Kershaw is bullish about the franchise's chances as they feature in their third MLB showpiece in four years.

"I mean if we play at our best, no," Kershaw – who struck out eight and retired 17 of the 18 batters he faced in six innings, giving up two hits and a homer – said when asked if the Dodgers are beatable at their best.

"I think we are the best team, and I think our clubhouse believes that. So there's gonna be certain times where we get beat and that happens, but as a collective group, if everybody's doing what they're supposed to be doing and playing the way they're supposed to, I don't see how that can happen."

The scores were level until the fourth inning, when the Dodgers registered two runs thanks to help from Bellinger in front of just over 11,000 fans in Texas amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Bellinger became the second player to hit a go-ahead home run in Game 7 of the League Championship Series and Game 1 of the World Series in the same year, following in the footsteps of David Ortiz in 2004, per Stats Perform.

Betts flexed his muscles in the fifth inning, taking a walk from Tyler Glasnow to set the tone before stealing second and third base before scoring – becoming the first player since Babe Ruth to walk and steal two bases in the same inning of a World Series game.

"I mean, obviously, you know they’ve got two good catchers who can throw the ball, but I think that was a time and place that I had to try to get to second right there," said Betts, who was acquired from the Boston Red Sox at the start of the season.

"Then, once I got to second, I had to try to get to third, especially with [Corey Seager] Seags [also stealing] to stay out of a double play, and make it easier on our guys to at least scratch across a run."

A World Series champion with the Red Sox, Betts then homered leading off in the sixth inning, becoming only the second player in history with a home run and two stolen bases in a World Series game.

"I think I'm really close. I found a couple barrels today," Betts said. "That's essentially what we're trying to do. If I can continue to put the barrel to the ball, I think we'll be fine."

The Los Angeles Dodgers were too good for the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the MLB World Series, winning 8-3 on Tuesday.

Not since 1988 have the Dodgers been crowned MLB champions but the Los Angeles franchise have a chance to end their drought following a third trip to the World Series in four years.

The Dodgers drew first blood against the Rays at Globe Life field, where ace Clayton Kershaw starred, and Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger homered.

Former National League (NL) MVP Kershaw reached 200 career strikeouts in the playoffs to move second on the all-time list, only behind Justin Verlander (205).

Kershaw – a three-time NL Cy Young Award winner, eight-time All-Star and 2011 Gold Glove recipient – only gave up two hits and one run in six innings, finishing with eight strikeouts and retiring 17 of the 18 batters faced.

The scores were level until the fourth inning, when the Dodgers registered two runs thanks to help from Bellinger.

Bellinger became the second player to hit a go-ahead home run in Game 7 of the League Championship Series and Game 1 of the World Series in the same year, following in the footsteps of David Ortiz in 2004, per Stats Perform.

The Dodgers star homered off Rays starter Tyler Glasnow, who threw 112 pitches over 4.1 innings. It was the fewest innings pitched by any pitcher in an outing of 110-plus pitches in any postseason game since pitches were first tracked in 1988, according to Stats Perform.

Tampa Bay – back in the World Series for the first time in 12 years – got on the board thanks to Kevin Kiermaier's homer in the fifth inning but the Dodgers blew the game open with four runs in the same inning.

Betts flexed his muscles, taking a walk from Glasnow to set the tone before stealing second and third base before scoring – becoming the first player since Babe Ruth to walk and steal two bases in the same inning of a World Series game.

A World Series champion with the Boston Red Sox, Betts then homered leading off in the sixth inning, becoming only the second player in history with a home run and two stolen bases in a World Series game.

The Rays closed the gap with two runs in the seventh, but it was merely a consolation as Tampa Bay look to bounce back on Wednesday.

The Tampa Bay Rays revelled in their American League Championship Series (ALCS) success after reaching the MLB World Series for the first time in 12 years.

Tampa Bay will feature in the World Series for just the second time after topping the Houston Astros 4-2 in the winner-takes-all Game 7 of the ALCS on Saturday.

Eyeing their maiden World Series championship, the Rays are back in MLB's showpiece series for the first time since 2008 as either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Atlanta Braves await.

Charlie Morton pitched 5.2 scoreless innings to set the tone for the Rays, allowing just two hits against his former team, while becoming the only pitcher in league history with four winner-take-all wins.

"It was pretty apparent early on the guys had bought into each other during this time," Rays pitcher Morton said after the reduced MLB season went ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"It was very challenging, because at first it everything was about the protocols and trying to keep guys safe. Just guys come onto the field every day, knowing they could get sick and staff coming in, and just a ton of work by people behind the scenes. I am so proud of these guys."

Randy Arozarena hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give the Rays a 2-0 lead – a record-setting seventh home run by a rookie in a single postseason, per Stats Perform.

Arozarena also became the first rookie with a go-ahead home run in a Game 7 since Miguel Cabrera's homer in Game 7 of the 2003 National League Championship Series (NLCS) as he was crowned ALCS MVP.

Mike Zunino homered for the Rays, while Pete Fairbanks became the first rookie to save a Game 7 since David Price in the 2008 ALCS – both sent Tampa Bay to the World Series.

Rays manager Kevin Cash added: "Pretty special feeling. I don't know if I've had many better [moments] other than getting married and having three kids.

"This is right there below that. It can't get much better than that. This is a special group to be a part of."

"We are lucky to have Charlie Morton," Cash said. "For a group that doesn't have a wealth of experience in these roles, Charlie does. He has been there done that. It lined up really really well for us."

The Tampa Bay Rays are World Series-bound for just the second time in their history after defeating the Houston Astros 4-2 in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series (ALCS).

A series decider was needed in the ALCS after the Astros won 7-4 on Friday – becoming the second team in MLB history to fall 3-0 behind in a best-of-seven matchup and force a Game 7.

But that is as good as it got for the Astros as the Rays – chasing their first championship – advanced to their first World Series since 2008 on Saturday.

Charlie Morton pitched 5.2 scoreless innings to set the tone for the Rays, allowing just two hits against his former team.

Morton is the only pitcher in MLB history with four winner-take-all wins after Tampa Bay's success.

ALCS MVP Randy Arozarena hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give the Rays a 2-0 lead – a record-setting seventh home run by a rookie in a single postseason, per Stats Perform.

Arozarena also became the first rookie with a go-ahead home run in a Game 7 since Miguel Cabrera's homer in Game 7 of the 2003 National League Championship Series.

Mike Zunino also homered for the Rays, while Pete Fairbanks became the first rookie to save a Game 7 since David Price in the 2008 ALCS – both sent Tampa Bay to the World Series.

The Rays will face either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Atlanta Braves in the World Series.

The Dodgers forced a Game 7 in the National League Championship Series (NLCS) following Saturday's 3-1 triumph.

Los Angeles used a three-run opening inning to top Atlanta – Justin Turner and Corey Seager both homering for the Dodgers.

Dodgers starter Walker Buehler pitched six scoreless innings, allowing seven hits and striking out six.

The Los Angeles Dodgers stayed alive in the MLB playoffs, while the Houston Astros forced a Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Dodgers reduced the Atlanta Braves' National League Championship Series (NLCS) lead to 3-2 with a 7-3 victory on Friday.

Will Smith crushed a go-ahead three-run homer off Braves pitcher Will Smith in the sixth inning and the Dodgers never looked back.

Corey Seager went two-for-four with two homers and three RBIs for the Dodgers.

It came as both starters struggled – Dustin May getting through just two innings for the Dodgers while A.J. Minter was removed after three for the Braves.

Travis d'Arnaud's sacrifice fly and Cristian Pache's RBI single had the Braves on track before Seager and Smith stepped up.

In the American League Championship Series (ALCS), the Astros became the second team in MLB history to fall 3-0 behind in a best-of-seven series and force a Game 7 thanks to a 7-4 win over the Rays.

Houston broke the game open in the fifth inning through three of their stars.

George Springer, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa all brought in runs as the Astros opened up a 4-1 lead – one they would not relinquish.

Framber Valdez delivered a fine start for Houston, striking out nine and conceding just three hits in six innings.

Both the NLCS and ALCS continue on Saturday.

Carlos Correa delivered a walk-off home run for the Houston Astros, while the Atlanta Braves moved within a win of the World Series on Thursday.

Correa's heroics gave the Astros a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, whose lead in the American League Championship Series (ALCS) has been cut to 3-2.

The Astros never trailed in Game 5, with George Springer hitting a lead-off home run to put them in front.

After Brandon Lowe's solo shot, Michael Brantley's two-run single pushed the Astros clear.

The in-form Randy Arozarena and Choi Ji-man crushed homers before Correa stepped up to deliver the game-winning blow.

"Carlos told me before he went up there, he goes: 'Walk-off'," Astros manager Dusty Baker said on MLB.com. "I said, 'Go ahead on, man'."

It marked the first time in postseason history that a team have hit a lead-off and walk-off homers in the same game.

The Braves are a win away from a first World Series appearance since 1999 after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-2 to take a 3-1 lead in the National League Championship Series (NLCS).

Clayton Kershaw started, but the Dodgers star was outdone by Braves rookie Bryse Wilson.

Kershaw conceded seven hits and four runs in five innings, while Wilson got through six innings, giving up just one hit and striking out five.

A six-run sixth inning catapulted the Braves to victory as Freddie Freeman, Marcell Ozuna, Dansby Swanson, Austin Riley and Cristian Pache all brought in runs.

Ozuna went four-for-five with four RBIs for the Braves, who can close out the series on Friday.

The Houston Astros stayed alive in the MLB playoffs, while the Los Angeles Dodgers made history in a resounding win on Wednesday.

Staring at being swept in the American League Championship Series (ALCS), the Astros edged the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 to reduce the deficit to 3-1.

Zack Greinke delivered a fine start for the Astros, striking out seven across six innings and conceding five hits.

Jose Altuve crushed his 18th postseason home run and also had an RBI double in the third inning before Randy Arozarena's two-run homer brought the Rays level.

However, George Springer belted a two-run homer in the fifth as the Astros stayed alive in the playoffs.

Altuve and Stringer are tied for the most homers in the postseason for the Astros with 18.

The Dodgers thrashed Atlanta 15-3 to reduce the Braves' National League Championship Series (NLCS) lead to 2-1.

Max Muncy belted a grand slam and Joc Pederson hit a three-run homer in an 11-run first innings for the Dodgers

That marked the most ever runs scored in a single postseason inning.

Corey Seager went three-for-four with a home run and three RBIs for the Dodgers.

Braves starter Kyle Wright got through just 0.2 innings, giving up five hits and seven runs in the huge loss.

The Tampa Bay Rays and Atlanta Braves moved further ahead in their respective MLB series on Tuesday.

The Rays are one win away from the World Series after a 5-2 victory over the Houston Astros saw them go 3-0 up in the American League Championship Series (ALCS).

A five-run sixth inning set up the Rays' win in Game 3, with Joey Wendle hitting a two-run single and Hunter Renfroe a two-run double.

Jose Altuve's home run had put the Astros ahead and Michael Brantley also went deep in the sixth inning, but Houston are looking at a series loss.

Both starters – the Rays' Ryan Yarbrough and Astros' Jose Urquidy – got through five innings.

The Braves moved into a 2-0 National League Championship Series (NLCS) lead against the Los Angeles Dodgers thanks to an 8-7 win.

Atlanta held off a late rally from the Dodgers, who scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies both homered for the Braves.

Albies became the first player in MLB history to hit a ninth-inning homer in back-to-back playoff games, as per Stats Perform.

The Atlanta Braves powered past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS), while the Tampa Bay Rays opened up a commanding lead over the Houston Astros in the MLB playoffs.

Atlanta – who won their first postseason series since 2001 entering the NLCS – drew first blood against the top-ranked Dodgers thanks to a four-run ninth inning at Globe Life Field on Monday.

Ozzie Albies and Austin Riley both homered in the ninth to blow the game wide open as the Braves earned a lead in the NLCS for the first time since 1999.

Riley's go-ahead home run ignited the Braves before Albies extended the lead with a two-run homer off Jake McGee.

Riley and Albies became the first pair of team-mates aged 23 or younger to hit a home run in the same inning in playoff history, per Stats Perform.

Atlanta took the lead through Freddie Freeman in the opening inning, before Dodgers utility Kike Hernandez restored parity with a fifth-inning homer.

Dodgers pitcher Blake Treinen was tagged with the loss after allowing three hits and three runs in just 0.1 innings, while Braves starter Max Fried pitched six strong innings – giving up just four hits and one run.

The Dodgers and Braves will meet again in the best-of-seven series on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, Charlie Morton impressed and Manuel Margot homered as the Rays claimed a 2-0 lead in the American League Championship Series (ALCS) after defeating the Astros 4-2.

Morton pitched five scoreless innings, giving up just five hits as he exited with the Rays leading the Astros 3-0 in Game 2.

In four postseason starts with the Rays, Morton is now 4-0 with a 0.90 ERA. His four wins are the most by a Rays pitcher in playoff history.

Margot helped set the tone with a first-inning, three-run homer before thwarting a Houston comeback with an incredible tumbling-over-the-wall catch as the Astros had two runners in scoring positions.

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