By Anthony Caruso lll
The Los Angeles Dodgers have taken Game 1 of the World Series. They defeated the Houston Astros 3-1 on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
This was the shortest World Series game since 1992, as it lasted two hours and 28 minutes. It was the quickest game since Game 4 of the 1992 World Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Atlanta Braves.
The winner of Game 1 of the World Series has gone on to win 24 of the past 28 Fall Classics.
Justin Turner, who hit a home run to help get the Dodgers past the Chicago Cubs to advance to the World Series, also had a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. His home run went to deep left center field and Chris Taylor also scored on the play.
Turner is now tied with Jackie Robinson and Billy Cox as they now have one home run by a third baseman in Dodgers World Series history. Ron Cey has the most with three.
Alex Bergman tied the game at 1-1 when he tied the game at the top of the fourth inning. His shot went to deep left field.
Taylor also hit a home run to deep left center in the bottom of the first inning to give the Dodgers the 1-0 lead.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw went seven innings. He allowed just the Bergman home run on three hits while striking out 11 batters.
Kershaw is the 1st pitcher in World Series history, according to ESPN’s Stats and Information, with 10-plus strikeouts, no walks and three or fewer hits allowed in a game.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen also picked up his fifth save of the postseason. He pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save.
Astros ace Dallas Keuchel was the losing pitcher in the contest. He allowed three earned runs and six hits over 6 2/3 innings.