Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017 – 10:55 AM
Los Angeles Dodgers ace reliever Kenley Jansen hit a batter, walked the next, then allowed Alex Bregman’s game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning in a 13-12 loss to the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the World Series Sunday evening in Houston.
The loss puts the Dodgers at the brink of elimination, with Houston taking a three games to two lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 6 will be played Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
Dodger pitchers allowed a World Series-record tying five home runs as they were unable to hold four- and three-run leads. The Astros are the fifth team in to overcome three deficits to win a World Series game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the official statistician of Major League Baseball.
Sunday’s game was the first of the 2017 postseason that Clayton Kershaw started the Dodgers lost after four victories, including Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday. Kershaw allowed six runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings in Game 5, including Yuri Gurriel’s three-run homer in the fourth that tied the score, 4-4.
Kershaw has allowed a record eight home runs during the 2017 postseason, erasing the previous record he shared with three pitchers who pitched when the postseason consisted of three rounds and two when it was two rounds.
Jansen, who entered the game to start of the bottom of the ninth, retired the first two batters he faced in the 10th, then hit Brian McCann with a 2-2 cutter. George Springer walked on five pitches. Bregman singled to left on the first pitch he saw from Jansen, driving in pinch-runner Derek Fisher from second.
The Dodgers also mounted a comeback of their own, tying the score after trailing 12-9 entering the top of the ninth.
Yasiel Puig hit a two-run homer with one out. Austin Barnes followed with a double and moved to third on Joc Pederson’s ground out. Chris Taylor hit a 2-2 change-up from Chris Devenski for a single, tying the score for the fourth time.
Houston put the winning run in scoring position the bottom of the ninth as Gurriel doubled with two outs, but Jansen induced former teammate Josh Reddick to fly out to left fielder Andre Ethier to send the game into extra innings.
The Dodgers were leading 8-7 in the bottom of the seventh when reliever Brandon Morrow allowed a home run by the first batter he faced, George Springer, that tied the score.
Bregman followed with a single, Jose Altuve an RBI double and Carlos Correa. a two-run homer that gave the Astros an 11-8 lead.
Both teams scored once in the eighth.
Corey Seager doubled in Joc Pederson, who doubled, for the Dodgers. McCann hit a solo homer for Houston before a capacity crowd at Minute Maid Park announced at 43,300..
Cody Bellinger’s three-run homer in the top of the fifth gave the Dodgers a 7-4 lead.
Manager Dave Roberts removed Kershaw after he issued back-to-back walks to Springer and Bregman with two outs in the fifth, replacing him with Kenta Maeda. Altuve, the first batter Maeda faced, hit a three-run homer, tying the score, 7-7.
The Dodgers took an 8-7 lead with one out in the top of the seventh when Cody Bellinger tripled in Justin Turner, who led off with a double.
The Dodgers opened the scoring with three runs in the first. Logan Forsythe’s two-out single drove in Chris Taylor, who had led off with a single, and Justin Turner, who had walked.
With Yasiel Puig at bat, Forsythe was caught in a rundown. The throw by Gurriel, the Astros first baseman, to Altuve, their second baseman, was wide. Forsythe was safe at second and Kike Hernandez, who had walked, scored.
The Dodgers increased their lead to 4-0 in the fourth. Forsythe doubled with one out and scored on Austin Barnes’ two-out single.
Carlos Correa doubled in Springer, who had walked, with Houston’s first run in the fourth.
Bellinger’s three-run homer in the fifth gave the Dodgers a 7-4 lead.
This was the 45th time a World Series has been tied at two games a piece. The Game 5 winner has gone on to win the Series 29 times, 65.9 percent of the time. The home team has won 27 of the 45 times the series has been tied at two games a piece, 60 percent of the time, including six of the last seven and 20 of the past 26.
Jansen, the last of seven Dodger pitchers, was charged with the loss. Joe Musgrove, the last of seven Astro pitchers was credited with the victory in the second-longest World Series game, five hours, 17 minutes. Only Game 3 of the 2005 Series between Houston and the Chicago White Sox was longer, taking 5:41 to play 14 innings.