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World Series: Los Angeles Dodgers move to within one game of victory

ARLINGTON (Agencies): The Los Angeles Dodgers moved to within one win of their first Major League Baseball World Series title in 32 years with a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Joc Pederson and Max Muncy homered for the Dodgers and star pitcher Clayton Kershaw notched a 13th post-season win.

The Dodgers can clinch the series in game six on Tuesday (00:08 GMT Wednesday in the UK). “Tonight was a grind, all the way through,” said Kershaw. “My slider wasn’t as good as it was in game one. But I stuck with the game plan.”

The pressure was on the Dodgers, who lost in the 2017 and 2018 finals, after a couple of errors saw them slip to an 8-7 defeat in game four on Saturday in Arlington, Texas, which is hosting the best-of-seven series. But Kershaw, a three-time winner of the Cy Young Award for MLB’s best pitcher, pitched five-and-two-third innings, giving up two runs on five hits.

His six strikeouts took his career post-season tally to a record 207, overtaking the 205 of Justin Verlander from the Houston Astros. “It is very exciting, but at same time we got to win one more. I am going to keep it together for one more game,” he said.

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