Justin Turner and Austin Barnes homered and right-hander Walker Buehler struck out 10 in six innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers notched a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night at Arlington, Texas, to take a 2-1 lead in the World Series.
Max Muncy went 2-for-4 with a two-run single while Turner and Mookie Betts each went 2-for-5. Betts stole two bases, giving him four thefts in the series.
Turner’s blast was his 11th postseason homer with the Dodgers, tying the franchise record held by Hall of Famer Duke Snider. Friday’s game was Turner’s 69th playoff game in seven seasons with the club. Snider played in 36 postseason games, all in the World Series, during his 16 years (1947-62) with the organization.
Tampa Bay’s Randy Arozarena clubbed his eighth homer of the playoffs in the ninth inning to match the all-time record for a single postseason. Barry Bonds (2002), Carlos Beltran (2004) and Nelson Cruz (2011) also hit eight in a postseason.
Game 4 in the best-of-seven series is Saturday night.
Buehler (1-0) gave up one run, three hits and one walk before being removed after throwing 93 pitches. Three right-handed relievers followed. Blake Treinen struck out two in a perfect seventh, Brusdar Graterol threw seven pitches in a flawless eighth, and Kenley Jansen allowed Arozarena’s blast before getting the final out.