10/26/20 ARLINGTON, TX- Clayton Kershaw and the bullpen bounced back from last night losing 8-7, and restore order in Game 5 as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 at Globe Life Park Stadium.
It wasn't Kershaw's best pitching of the series, but he showed the maturity of a seasoned veteran of getting the outs that he needed, and finish with seven strikeouts and gave up only two runs.
Tyler Glasnow got hammered again by the Dodgers batters after allowing four runs to go along with his seven strikeouts, didn't have his pitches working for him.
Mookie Betts got the Dodgers going on the right track in the top of the 1st inning, after leading off with a double. Moments later, Corey Seager hit a single, and Betts scored to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
Cody Bellinger singled in the same inning, and Corey Seager came home, and the Dodgers now led 2-0. The Dodgers scored during the top of the 2nd inning when Joc Pederson hit a solo home run increasing the Dodgers lead to 3-0.
Tampa Bay scored in the bottom of the 3rd inning after Yandy Diaz triple and Kevin Kiermaier scored made the score 3-1. Randy Arozarena would single for Tampa Bay, and Diaz scored that made the score 3-2.
The play of the game came in the bottom of the 4th inning when Tampa Bay's Manual Margot took off from third base trying to steal home with Kershaw's back to him, but Muncy at first base alerting him, and Kershaw threw to his catcher Austin Barnes who tagged him out at the plate.
The Dodgers' Max Muncy came up to bat in the top of the 5th inning and delivered a solo home run that had the Dodgers' fans in a frenzy, now leading 4-2.
During the bottom of the 6th inning, Kershaw got the first two outs, and the Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts decided to bring in his bullpen. First up was Dustin May, who got the final out of the inning.
"Yeah, that was the plan," Kershaw said. "We talked about it before the inning and even though it was just two pitches, which made it seem super fast, and two outs and nobody on, we stuck with the plan. So, credit to Doc for that one and D. May came in and threw the ball awesome and Victor the same way and Blake, too. Unbelievable job by those guys tonight, which is huge."
"I just felt, we felt, that he was at the end and he just had enough to get two hitters," said Roberts. "To go to Dustin for Manuel Margot, we talked about it and he held up his part of the deal and got two hitters and we didn't say how many pitches. We said, two hitters. That was what we agreed upon.
"He just kept on grinding. He willed himself to that point. And I will say that wasn't his best stuff, but he found a way to get outs and I give him all the credit."
May and Victor Gonzales kept Tampa Bay scoreless, and Blake Treinen came in for the 9th inning and shut the door on Tampa Bay to get the save and the win for Kershaw, and now the Dodgers are just one game away from winning the World Series since 1988.
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