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Dodgers beat Astros 3-1 to force Game 7

Morning News and Notes for November 1, 2017

World Series - Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Six
It’s lit. Or something.
Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Last night, the Dodgers evened up the World Series at 3 games apiece.

Rich Hill started, but Dave Roberts didn’t have much patience with him, as usual, and brought on Brandon Morrow for the 37th time this series to get the final out of Hill’s 5th inning jam. Morrow surprisingly did, even though he had nothing in the tank Sunday night. The day off must have done him a ton of good.

The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead off Justin Verlander in the bottom of the 6th. Verlander was good, but not good enough. And Evan Gattis pinch-hitting for him in the top of the 7th meant that Houston would need to get effective innings from their spotty bullpen.

Joc Pederson (pictured) hit a home run in the bottom of the 7th to expand the LA lead to 3-1 and that is how the game ended, as Kenley Jansen got the final six outs on just 19 pitches (18 strikes).

Lance McCullers and Yu Darvish pitch Game 7 tonight. Breaking pitch [redacted, adult product] if the baseball texture allows it.

Around baseball

The A’s might trade Ryon Healy, who seemingly hit two dozen homers (or just one, apparently) off the Indians this year and definitely spells his name in an unexpected way.

• Surprise! The Marlins want to lower their payroll. Trading Giancarlo Stanton would help them do that in a big way.