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Whicker: Dodgers’ 9th-inning rally ends tense Game 4 duel

By in Press Enterprise on October 29, 2017

By Mark Whicker

HOUSTON — When the Dodgers see Kenley Jansen on the field at 6 p.m. they don’t mind it. They much prefer 10 p.m.

The closer accepted an award before Game 4 as the National League’s best closer. As the Dodgers and Astros oozed through an excruciating pitching duel, one wondered if Jansen would be seen again. He was, and this time without stress. A five-run ninth inning, capped by Joc Pederson’s three-run homer, gave the Dodgers a 6-2 win and tied the World Series 2-2, with Clayton Kershaw pitching Game 5 on Sunday.

Beforehand Kershaw had said it was getting “closer to the must-win stage,” and the Dodgers’ offense was being muffled in an almost unprecedented way.

Few would have thought the two fourth starters for the Dodgers and Astros would put on such a precise exhibition, but fewer are bothering with the prediction business these days.

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All you have to say is that Alex Wood pitched a no-hitter until the sixth inning, and Charlie Morton might have been better.

Pitching for the second time since Sept. 26, Wood got the first three Houston hitters. That was the first inning in which a Dodger had done that since the fifth inning of Game 2.

He was better after that, getting around two walks and taking advantage of his defense. But the Dodgers were watching him closely as he approached the Houston […]    

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