Logan Forsythe’s two-run single off Keuchel, his former University of Arkansas teammate, got the Dodgers on the board. And his happy accident on the basepaths allowed a third run to cross the plate.
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First, the Dodgers loaded the bases on a Chris Taylor leadoff single and one-out walks from Justin Turner and Enrique Hernandez. Keuchel briefly recovered from his command troubles to get Cody Bellinger to strike out swinging for the second out, but then Forsythe ripped his single to left to bring home a pair.
With runners on the corners, the Astros attempted a pickoff at first when Forsythe took off for second early. Had first baseman Gurriel’s throw to second baseman Jose Altuve been on target, Forsythe would have been out and Hernandez, who broke for home, would not have scored in time. But Gurriel’s throw went wide, and Forsythe and Hernandez were both able to advance. The Astros challenged the call on the field that Forsythe had gotten to the bag before Altuve applied his tag, but it was determined the call would stand upon review.
The 3-0 lead was particularly meaningful with Clayton Kershaw on the mound for the Dodgers. Kershaw entered with a 124-19 career record (regular season and postseason) when receiving three-plus runs of support. He was also 5-2 in the seven starts when he was given a lead of three runs or more before he threw a pitch, though one of the two losses was against the Astros (2009).
Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.