ARLINGTON, Texas. — The Los Angeles Dodgers are World Series champions for the first time in 32 years.
Mookie Betts scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and later homered as the Dodgers beat the Tampa By Rays 3-1 in Game Six of the Fall Classic in Arlington, Texas. Seven LA pitchers combined to allow just five hits and one run.
“I’m kind of looking at everyone and celebrating everyone else,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “It’s sinking in pretty quickly. Obviously, I’m over the moon!”
“We needed to scratch across another run there just for a little insurance,” said Betts of his sixth-inning home run. “That time it came with the long ball and however it happened it just needed to happen.”
Victor Gonzalez got the win in relief and Julio Urias recorded the final seven outs for the save. Nick Anderson took the loss after Blake Snell was pulled in the sixth for Tampa Bay. Snell struck out nine over five-and-a-third innings of two-hit, one-run ball.
“The only motive was that the line-up the Dodgers feature is a potent as any team in the league,” said Rays manager Kevin Nash on his decision to pull Snell. “Personally, I felt Blake had done his job and then some with Mookie coming around for the third time through.”
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was removed from the game midway through when it was discovered he tested positive for coronavirus. He later came back on the field and celebrated with his teammates
It’s the Dodgers’ first World Series since 1988.