The Dodgers defeated the Rays 6-2 in Game 3 of the World Series Friday as Walker Buehler threw a no-hitter through four innings, continuing his postseason dominance at Globe Life Field.
Buehler ended his day with 10 strikeouts and just one run allowed over six innings of work. In his last nine postseason starts, Buehler has only given up seven runs.
“Being a big-game pitcher and really succeeding on this stage, there’s only a few guys… he’s really in elite company,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I’m just happy he’s wearing a Dodgers uniform.”
The victory puts the Dodgers two wins away from taking home the Commissioner’s Trophy. Yet the Dodgers, who lost in the Fall Classic in 2017 and 2018, know that this series is a long way from over.
“We know how difficult this is. We know there’s still a lot of work in front of us,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “We were down 3-1 in the last series and fought our way back. We’re not taking anything for granted.”
The Dodgers offense scored six runs on 10 hits. Yet the offense was not led by the stars in the Dodgers lineup. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger contributed along with shortstop Corey Seager, but Turner, catcher Austin Barnes and first baseman Max Muncy provided the spark.
Turner got the scoring started with a solo homerun in the first inning off Rays starter Charlie Morton. Muncy followed that up with a two RBI single in the third inning which broke the game open. Barnes came through with two RBIs, one on a safety squeeze in the fifth inning and the other coming on a home run in the sixth inning.
The Dodgers scored five of their six runs with two outs during Game 3, bringing their two-out run total to 50, which is a postseason record. With the two home runs in Friday’s game, the Dodgers also set a franchise record for most postseason home runs with 25.
The offense’s ability to provide big leads late in games has taken a lot of pressure off of Roberts, who has been scrutinized in the past for poor bullpen management in high leverage situations in the postseason.
The Dodgers look to take control of the series Saturday in Game 4 behind starting pitcher Julio Urías. With a win in Game 4 the Dodgers would take a 3-1 series lead. Only 14 teams have overcome such a deficit in the World Series.