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Dodgers beat Verlander and Astros 3-1, force Game 7

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Dodger Stadium will be hosting Game 7 of a World Series for the first time in its storied history.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have stretched the Fall Classic to the limit by rallying for a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros. The Dodgers were baffled by Justin Verlander over the first five innings before surging ahead in the sixth and smacking the 24th home run of the series.
Chris Taylor tied the game with an RBI double and Corey Seager immediately followed with a sacrifice fly that put the Dodgers ahead to stay later in the sixth. Joc Pederson padded the Dodgers' lead with a solo blast off Joe Musgrove in the seventh.
Verlander starter struck out eight while allowing just one hit through five frames. The Dodgers' fortunes began to turn when Austin Barnes led off the sixth with a single and Chase Utley was hit by a pitch before Taylor's two-bagger knotted the score.
Astros outfielder George Springer hit a third-inning homer off Dodgers starter Rich Hill, who was lifted after allowing four hits while striking out five over 4 2/3 innings. It was Springer's fourth home run of the Fall Classic.
The Dodgers' much-maligned bullpen allowed just two hits while tossing shutout ball over 4 1/3 innings. Tony Watson retired one batter in the sixth inning to pick up the victory. Kenley Jansen retired all six batters he faced to pick of the save, one game after taking the loss in the Astros' 13-12, 10-inning victory.
It was the first loss for Verlander since joining the Astros from the Tigers on Aug. 31.
Yu Darvish will start for the Dodgers against Lance McCullers in Game 7 Wednesday. Darvish couldn't get out of the second inning of Game 3, while McCullers was reached for three runs over 5 1/3 innings to get the victory in the Astros' 5-3 victory.
The Astros have never won a World Series since entering the majors in 1962.  The Dodgers are seeking their seventh championship and first in 29 years.

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