Let’s just face it. Game 5 in any World Series is important. But it’s even more so when it is tied up at two games apiece. The win is vital to both teams, and that is something the Los Angeles Dodgers were not too keen upon giving up on Sunday night as they went ahead 3-2 in the series with a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Arlington. There was a bit of redemption for Clayton Kershaw as he struck out six and gave up two runs in five and 2/3 innings.
For seemingly the umpteenth time in the series, the Dodgers got their noses in front first, plating two runs in the top of the first via singles from Corey Seagar and Cody Bellinger. Joc Pederson, ever the power hitter in the postseason when it matters most, hit a solo home run to make it 3-0 an inning later. Despite a two-run inning for the Rays in the third, one in which Randy Arozarena drove in yet another run, it would prove to be too little in the end. Max Muncy’s homer in the fifth gave the Dodgers an additional insurance run and ended the scoring for the evening, leaving the Dodgers just one win away from that ever-elusive World Series crown they have craved over the last decade.