George Springer's third-inning solo shot gave Astros 1-0 lead over Dodgers
Dodgers took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI-double by Chris Taylor and a sacrifice fly by Corey Seager that scored Chase Utley
Joc Pederson's seventh-inning home run pushed the Dodgers' lead to 3-1
Houston pitcher Justin Verlander had nine strikeouts through six innings
but suffered his first loss since being traded from Detroit during the season
The Dodgers and Astros have combined to hit 24 home runs through five games, surpassing the previous seven-game series record of 21 in 2002
One gambler reportedly had $8 million riding on the Dodgers in Game 6
With a win in Wednesday's Game 7, the Dodgers would capture their seventh World Series title, which would be their sixth in Los Angeles and first since 1988
The Astros are hoping for the first World Series crown in franchise history
Lance McCullers Jr. will start Game 7 for the Astros against the Dodgers, who will counter with mid-season acquisition Yu Darvish, the Game 3 loser
Published: 20:47 EDT, 31 October 2017 | Updated: 01:40 EDT, 1 November 2017
Dodger Stadium has never hosted a Game 7 in the 55 years since it opened its doors in 1962.
The Houston Astros have never won a World Series since the franchise's inception that same season.
On Wednesday night in Los Angeles, at least one of those two realities will change, if not both.
Facing elimination against the visiting Astros in Game 6 on Tuesday night, the Dodgers pulled out a narrow 3-1 win thanks to a resurgent performance from their bullpen and some timely hitting by Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, and Joc Pederson.
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Dodgers celebrate after their win against the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the World Series
Dodgers' Joc Pederson is congratulated after homering in the seventh inning of Game 6
Dodgers' Corey Seager hits a sacrifice fly off Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander during the sixth inning of Game 6 on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium
George Springer of the Houston Astros hits a solo home run during the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game six of the 2017 World Series
The Astros bench watches during the ninth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the Dodgers on Tuesday. The two teams will meet in Los Angeles for Game 7 on Wednesday
After giving themselves a 3-2 series lead with a dramatic, 10-inning win over the Dodgers in Game 5, the Astros got on the board first in the the third inning on Tuesday when George Springer hit his fourth home run of the series.
Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander had been cruising over five innings of shutout ball, but gave up a pair of runs in the sixth on an RBI-double by Taylor and a sacrifice fly by Seager.
The Dodgers boosted their lead to 3-1 in the seventh inning when Pederson hit an opposite-field home run to left.
With a win in Wednesday's Game 7, the Dodgers would capture their seventh World Series title and first since 1988.
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Entering Tuesday, Verlander was 9-0 in 10 starts between the regular season and postseason since being traded to Houston from Detroit in August.
He even had nine strikeouts through the first six innings on Tuesday, but did give up the pair of earned runs in the sixth before being pulled for a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh.
Rich Hill got the nod on the hill for Los Angeles but was ultimately pulled in the fifth inning after leaving the bases loaded for Game 5 hero Alex Bregman, who had the winning RBI single in the 10th inning on Sunday.
However, in the fifth inning of Game 6, Bregman grounded out to end the inning, leaving the bases loaded.
After struggling earlier in the series, the Dodgers bullpen had 4.1 innings of scoreless relief on Tuesday. Closer Kenley Jansen had yielded three home runs to the Astros over the first five games of the series, but was perfect over two innings on Tuesday, recording three strikeouts.
Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws during the second inning of Game 6. Verlander had nine strikeouts over the first six innings on Tuesday
Model Kate Upton supports fiancee Justin Verlander during Game 6
The first inning of Game 6 will be remembered for the response Dodger fans gave to Yuri Gurriel.
The Astros first baseman was recently suspended for the first five games of the 2018 season after being seen making a racist gesture in the Houston dugout during Game 3.
Gurriel's gesture was seemingly referencing Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, who is from Japan.
2017 WORLD SERIES FACTS AND FIGURES
- Over 18.9 million viewers watched Houston's five-hour, 10-inning Game 5 win on Sunday
- Game 5 was also the second-longest World Series game in history
- The Dodgers and Astros have combined to hit 24 home runs through five games, surpassing the previous seven-game series record of 21 set by the Anaheim Angels and San Francisco Giants in 2002
- Eight players in the series have hit multiple home runs, including Houston center fielder George Springer, who has four
- A win in Game 7 would give the Astros the first World Series title since the franchise began as the Colt .45s in 1962
- The Dodgers have won six titles - five since moving from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1957
Gurriel was bood loudly during pregame introductions on Tuesday and again before his first at-bat.
In fact, Hill stepped off the mound after Gurriel was announced, which gave the home fans more time to show their displeasure.
The Cuban-born Gurriel pulled on the corners of his eyes after homering off Darvish during Houston's 5-3 win Friday night. He also used a derogatory Spanish term in reference to Darvish, who was born in Japan.
'I made an offensive gesture that was indefensible,' Gurriel said in a statement released by the Astros.
'I sincerely apologize to everyone that I offended with my actions. I deeply regret it.'
'I would particularly like to apologize to Yu Darvish, a pitcher that I admire and respect. I would also like to apologize to the Dodgers organization, the Astros, Major League Baseball and to all fans across the game,' he said.
The choruses of boos only changed into a raucous cheer when Gurriel fouled out.
Gurriel will lose $322,581 of his $12 million salary next year, which the Astros will donate to charitable causes.
Actor Ashton Kutcher (L) and actress Mila Kunis kneel on the dugout before Game 6
Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda (left) and former Los Angeles Dodgers player Orel Hershiser throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 6 on Tuesday
One gambler had $8 million riding on Game 6 on Tuesday night
The Astros and Dodgers weren't the only ones with something on the line Tuesday. One fan reportedly had $8 million riding on Game 6 - a bet the gambler ultimately won.
According to RJ Bell of the Associated Press, one major Las Vegas gambler had bet on the winning team in each of the first five games of the World Series, rolling over his winnings after each of the victories.
Regardless of who wins Tuesday, the series has been a huge hit with fans.
More than 18.9 million viewers tuned in to Fox to watch Game 5, which is widely considered an instant classic. It was also the second highest-rated Game 5 since 2003.
Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig tries in vain to reach a home run by Houston Astros batter George Springer in the top of the third inning of Game 6
The game received a strong 12.8 overnight TV rating on Fox, easily beating NBC's Sunday Night Football telecast that drew a 9.4 Nielsen rating for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Detroit Lions, according to Austin Karp of Sports Business Daily.
He added that the numbers for the MLB game did not come in for the Boston, Massachusetts and Hartford, Connecticut markets due to a strong storm pounding the region and that the likelihood is the baseball rating is even higher.
NBC said the Sunday Night Football ratings also did not include the Boston, Hartford and Providence markets.
This is the first time the World Series beat Sunday Night Football since 2013, according to Sports Media Watch. Back then, the Cubs vs Indians Game 3 drew a 15.3 overnight rating beating the Cowboys vs Eagles' 11.6 rating.
Game 5 was also the second-longest World Series game in history taking almost five-and-a-half hours for it to end.
It was also the second-longest World Series game in history taking five and 17 minutes for it to end.
One reason for the late-game heroics - and the high television ratings - has been the outpouring of offense from both teams. The Dodgers and Astros have combined to hit 24 home runs through five games, surpassing the previous seven-game series record of 21 set by the Anaheim Angels and San Francisco Giants in 2002.
Eight players in the series have hit multiple home runs, including Springer, who has four.
The record for home runs in one World Series is five, which is shared by Utley, who set it as a member of the Phillies in 2009, and former New York Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson, who did it against the Dodgers in 1977.
Prior to the game, former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda and former Dodgers ace Orel Hershiser tossed out the first pitches.
Before the national anthem there was a moment of silence at Dodger stadium after a terrorist attack in New York killed eight and left another 15 injured.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen (right) yielded three home runs over the first five games of the series, but was perfect over two innings on Tuesday, striking out three Astros
Yasiel Puig (No. 66) and Joc Pederson (No. 31) of the Dodgers celebrate in the eighth
Marcus Saldivar and Jennie Fernandez wait in a concessions line before Game 6
A Los Angeles Dodgers fan wearing a Halloween costume looks on before game six of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium
A Los Angeles Dodgers fan wearing a Halloween costume looks on before Game 6
One Dodgers fan dressed as popcorn for Game 6 in Los Angeles
Lance McCullers Jr. was nearly needed to pitch in relief on Tuesday, but will get the nod to start Game 7 on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old right-hander with one victory since June will start the World Series decider, manager A.J. Hinch announced after Los Angeles forced the seventh game with a cool 3-1 victory in Game 6.
The entire Houston pitching staff will be available behind McCullers, including Dallas Keuchel and possibly even Game 6 starter Justin Verlander.
'I think all of our guys are going to have the adrenaline on their side,' Hinch said. 'They're all going to be ready to pitch. How we use them, how much we use them - we'll get to the field. They'll do their throwing program. If it's one pitch or a hundred pitches, I think we're going to have to have all hands on deck.'
But McCullers seems suited to handle the spotlight that has been thrust upon him by the Dodgers, who will counter with Darvish. McCullers has already been a resilient contributor to the Astros' remarkable season, and they need him one more time.
While Keuchel and Verlander have formed a dynamic one-two punch at the top of Houston's rotation, McCullers has been a steady young contributor as the No. 3 starter. After an All-Star first half of the regular season and a winless second half, the 24-year-old with the nasty curve has slotted comfortably into the Astros' playoff plans.
And if the Astros manage to claim the first championship in their 56-year history at Dodger Stadium, McCullers has already played a role.
McCullers won Game 3 of the World Series, pitching four-hit ball into the sixth inning of Houston's 5-3 victory. He showed tenacity in the third inning of that game when he walked the bases loaded, but yielded just one run after getting a double-play groundout by Corey Seager and another groundout by Justin Turner.
'I did as best as I could for as long as I could,' McCullers said.
Lance McCullers Jr. reacts after getting Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner to ground out during the third inning of Game 3. McCullers will get the nod for Houston in Game 7
Six days before that, he pitched four stellar innings of relief to earn the save in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, holding the Yankees scoreless while combining with starter Charlie Morton on a three-hitter. McCullers ended that game with 24 consecutive curveballs, flummoxing the Yankees' final six batters exclusively with the nasty breaking ball that is his best pitch and one of the majors' most dangerous curves.
'I really felt like I had the Yankees on their heels a little bit and was able to execute, use a little bit of their aggression against them,' McCullers said.
McCullers also pitched six innings of two-hit ball against the Yankees in Game 4 of the ALCS. He has a 2.95 ERA in four postseason appearances, combining with Morton to add depth behind the Astros' top two starters.
McCullers showed even more resilience during an up-and-down regular season. He made his first AL All-Star team after going 7-2 with 106 strikeouts in the first half - but he didn't win again after June 24, pitching poorly in July and sitting out much of August and September with injuries before returning for the final week.
His victory over the Dodgers in Game 3 was his first win in his last 12 appearances.
While McCullers goes for his second World Series victory, Darvish will be seeking redemption for a rough Game 3 start.
The Dodgers' prized late-season acquisition couldn't get through the second inning for the first time in his big-league career, giving up six hits and four runs while getting only five outs. Darvish's famed slider wasn't working, and he didn't come through at the most important point for his new team.
'If it was the regular season, I probably would have kept going' in Game 3, Darvish said through a translator Tuesday. 'I wouldn't say it was the worst outing I ever had. I can't pay that much attention to what happened last time. Just focus on (Wednesday's) outing and have a good game.'
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish in the dugout during Game 6 on Tuesday night. Darvish will be start in Game 7, when the Dodgers hope to win their first title since 1988
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