Dodgers beat Astros 3-1, force World Series to Game 7

first_imgLATEST STORIES Chris Taylor hit a tying double off Justin Verlander during a two-run rally in the sixth inning, Corey Seager followed with a go-ahead sacrifice fly and the Dodgers beat the Astros 3-1 on Tuesday night to push this dramatic Fall Classic to the ultimate game.Pederson homered in the seventh against Joe Musgrove, connecting off the right-hander for the second time in three games and making it a record 24 long balls that have been hit in this Series. Pederson pranced all the way to the plate, pointing at the Dodgers’ dugout and rubbing his thumbs and index fingers together to indicate what a money shot it was.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“You kind of black out in a situation like that. So I’m going to have to re-watch it to see what I did,” Pederson said.It was the third home run of the Series for Pederson, who was demoted to the minors from mid-August until early September, then left off the NL Division Series roster. He had hit just one previous big league opposite-field homer this season, and teammates offered to pay him to go the other way. 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No one is afraid,” McCullers said.Two nights after a 13-12, 10-inning slugfest under the roof at Minute Maid Park, pitching dominated.George Springer’s third-inning home run against starter Rich Hill had given a 1-0 lead to Verlander and the Astros, trying for the first championship in their 56-season history. On Halloween night, a title for a team with orange in its colors seemed appropriate.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Path set for Kings’ reign Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Verlander prevented more damage when Turner fouled out and the right-hander fanned Bellinger, who struck out four times for the second time in the Series.Springer homered for the third straight game and fourth time in the Series, one shy of the record set byReggie Jackson in 1977 and matched by Utley in 2009.Brian McCann singled leading off the fifth and Gonzalez doubled past Turner and down the left-field line.Hill struck out Josh Reddick and Verlander, and Springer was intentionally walked to load the bases.Morrow relieved as the crowd booed manager Dave Roberts’ decision, and Hill slapped at four cups of liquid in the dugout, sending them spraying against the wall“With Verlander on the mound, that was going to be the game,” Roberts said.Appearing in his sixth straight Series game, Morrow got Bregman to ground to shortstop on his second pitch.Watson walked Reddick leading off the seventh, Evan Gattis pinch hit for Verlander and Maeda relieved. Gattis bounced to shortstop, just beating Utley’s throw from second to avoid a double play. Springer reached on an infield single that bounced off Seager’s glove at shortstop and into left field, and Bregman’s fly to deep center allowed pinch-runner Derek Fisher to tag up and advance to third, bringing up Altuve. Walking down the dugout steps after his groundout, Altuve slammed his helmet.“The pick is big,” Hinch said.Attention quickly turned to Wednesday.“I think it seems fitting,” Roberts said. “These two teams mirror one another.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Pederson sat in the interview room with his older brother, Champ, who has Down Syndrome.“I have a feeling that everything is possible,” Champ said. “I’m not going to say they have it, but I’m just going to say they will find a way.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates his home run off against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of Game 6 of baseball’s World Series Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES— Joc Pederson sliced a drive over the left-field wall, pounded his chest and danced around the bases, taking as many twists and turns as this World Series itself.Of course, the Los Angeles Dodgers forced the Houston Astros to Game 7.ADVERTISEMENT But it served only to set up the 10th blown lead of the Series, the fifth by Houston, as Verlander fell to 9-1 with the Astros.Dodgers relievers combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings. Brandon Morrow retired Alex Bregman on a grounder to strand the bases loaded in the fifth, winner Tony Watson got Marwin Gonzalez to fly out with two on and two outs in the sixth, and Kenta Maeda escaped two-on trouble in the seventh when third baseman Justin Turner gloved Jose Altuve’s grounder and made a short-hop throw that first baseman Cody Bellinger scooped just in time.After wasting a ninth-inning lead in Game 2 and losing Game 5, Kenley Jansen retired six straight batters (on 19 pitches) for the save and ended it by striking out 40-year-old pinch-hitter Carlos Beltran.This will be the third World Series Game 7 in four years. The road team has won the last two after home teams had won every one since 1979.Ten of the last 12 teams that won Game 6 to force a seventh game also won the title, but the Dodgers lost the previous six World Series in which they trailed 3-2. They have won just one of their six championships at home, in 1963.A heat wave over and the skies overcast, the temperature dropped to 67 degrees at game time from 103 for last week’s opener, and there was a slight drizzle in the middle innings.Los Angelenos with a laid-back reputation were on their feet for two-strike counts against Astros batters, a wave in Pantone 294 — also known as Dodger blue.“We feed off the crowd, for sure,” Taylor said. “We feel we have a huge home-field advantage.”Yuli Gurriel, who made a racist gesture toward Darvish in Game 3, was booed loudly during introductions and each time he batted, and Hill stepped off the rubber to allow the crowd extra time to jeer.Verlander has 11 postseason wins but dropped to 0-4 in the Series with Detroit and Houston, which acquired him from the Tigers on Aug. 31 to win on nights like this. He allowed just one baserunner before Austin Barnes singled leading off the sixth. Verlander bounced a pitch that hit Chase Utley on the front of his right foot, and Taylor sent a 97 mph fastball down the right-field line as Barnes came home. Seager followed with a sacrifice fly to the warning track, a ball that likely would have landed in the pavilion in last week’s hot air.last_img read more

Ronaldo draws blank as Juventus beat Parma

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo missed a chance to score his first Serie A goal for Juventus. © AFP / Andreas SOLAROMILAN, Italy, Sep 2 – Cristiano Ronaldo drew another blank in his bid to score his first Serie A goal for Juventus but the Italian champions kept their winning momentum 2-1 at promoted Parma on Saturday with goals in either half from World Cup stars Mario Mandzukic and Blaise Matuidi.World Cup winner Matuidi bagged the decisive goal on 58 minutes after Croatia’s Mandzukic, a finalist in Moscow this summer, had scored after just two minutes in Emilia Romagna. New Parma signing Gervinho — back in Italy after two years with Chinese club Hebei China Fortune — pulled one back after 33 minutes for the hosts who have returned to the top flight after three consecutive promotions following demotion for bankruptcy in 2015.Ronaldo is yet to score but the seven-time reigning Italian champions are on maximum points after winning all three of their games this season.The 33-year-old five-time Ballon d’Or winner missed a chance to open his account after 26 minutes when his powerful header was just wide, and spurned another chance ten minutes into the second half.“Cristiano had a good game, he made himself available, but it was a moment when the ball did not bounce back in the right direction,” coach Massimiliano Allegri told streaming broadcaster DAZN.“I’m happy with what he’s doing… After the (international) break he will surely get a goal because we’ll all be in better shape.”Croatian World Cup runner-up Mario Mandzukic bagged his second goal in three Serie A games. © AFP / Andreas SOLAROMatuidi added: “He (Ronaldo) had a great match but no luck. He’s going to be a little annoyed because he’s hungry to score, but we’re going to help him.”Allegri said he was impressed with Mandzukic who has scored twice in the opening three games and set up Matuidi for the winner.“I didn’t expect Mario to be in this condition after the World Cup,” he added.– Nainggolan gets Inter off mark –Earlier Radja Nainggolan scored on his debut as Inter Milan claimed their first three points of the season with a 3-0 win in Bologna.Nainggolan missed the first two games of the campaign with injury following his summer move from Roma.“Take a bow”: Radja Nainggolan celebrates after scoring on his debut for Inter Milan. © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLIBut the 30-year-old Belgian midfielder made his mark on his league debut, opening his and Inter’s account at the Stadio Dall’Ara after 66 minutes.Italy midfielder Antonio Candreva and Croatia’s World Cup runner-up Ivan Perisic added two quickfire goals in the final ten minutes to seal all three points.The win gives Luciano Spalletti’s side four points from three games, equal with Roma who lost 2-1 at AC Milan on Friday. Filippo Inzaghi’s Bologna are stuck on one point, without a single goal scored in three games.“We were patient because there was a risk of starting to panic,” said Spalletti. “There were three beautiful goals and the team shook off the tension after the opener.“We still have some players who aren’t in peak condition, we’ll have to get up to that quickly because you really need to sweat to win games.”Inter captain and striker Mauro Icardi tried, unsuccessfully, to shake off a muscle strain by warming up before being forced to watch from the stands, along with Lautaro Martinez.It left Keita Balde as Inter’s sole striker, but with Nainggolan, Matteo Politano and Perisic in support.Perisic nodded into the side-netting early with Roberto Gagliardini also firing over for the visitors before Bologna threatened, Filip Helander’s header cleared off the line by Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.Nainggolan missed a chance to open the scoring just before the break with a powerful half-volley from the edge of the box flying over.But the Belgian made no mistake after the break, controlling Politano’s cross to fire past his former Roma teammate Lukasz Skorupski.Candreva replaced Keita on 79 minutes and three minutes later turned in a low cross from Perisic for his first goal in over 18 months before the Croatian sealed victory two minutes later.Serie A while runners-up Napoli play Sampdoria in Genoa on Sunday, looking for a third straight win.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more