Updated 10:40 p.m. ET
The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Houston Astros 3-1 in Game 1 of the 2017 World Series in Los Angeles to take the lead in the best-of-seven series.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner broke up what had been a 1-1 classic pitchers’ duel with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Dodgers drew blood in the bottom of the first inning when center fielder Chris Taylor smacked the first pitch by Houston starter Dallas Keuchel deep into the left field seats.
The Astros silenced the Los Angeles crowd when third baseman Alex Bregman homered in the top of the fourth to tie the game.
Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw has struck out eleven batters and surrendered only one other hit — a one-out single by the Astros’ Josh Reddick in the top of the third inning.
Keuchel has had the help of three double plays by his teammates in keeping the Dodgers at bay until Turner’s homer.
Game 1 is the hottest in World Series history with a temperature of 103 degrees at game time.
The National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers host the American League-winning Houston Astros Tuesday for Game 1 of the 2017 World Series, a contest matching teams with a combined 205 wins in the regular season.
Unlike past World Series starts, Tuesday night’s game won’t be played in an autumn chill. The temperature at game time in Los Angeles was projected to be a more-than-warm 96 degrees.
The last time the Dodgers won the World Series was 1988, when they beat the Oakland Athletics. The Astros lost their only previous Series appearance in 2005 — when they were in the National League — to the Chicago White Sox.
As NPR’s sports correspondent Tom Goldman reports, “It’s a power matchup. The Dodgers are favored, thanks to dominant pitching, especially the relief pitchers, and a lineup filled with dangerous hitters.”
“Houston was the top offensive team in the majors this season, leading the league in runs, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Whoever wins Tuesday night’s battle between Houston hitters and LA pitchers could determine who wins the Series,” he added.
This story will be updated as the game continues.