The Los Angeles Dodgers rallied past the Houston Astros with a late flurry of runs for a 6-2 win in Game 4 on Saturday night in Houston. The Astros had overcome a stellar outing from Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood to put themselves on the brink of victory before the late comeback. The dramatic reversal evened the best-of-seven World Series, 2-2. With, at most, three games remaining, everyone is level.
Here are nine numbers that tell the story of Game 4:
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood began Game 4 with 5 2⁄3 innings of no-hit magic. It was the longest no-hit bid by a Dodgers pitcher in the World Series, surpassing 4 2⁄3 innings from Sandy Koufax. The outing was just the fifth no-hit bid longer than five innings in a World Series game since Don Larsen’s perfect game in 1956. Wood combined with the three Dodgers relievers who followed on a two-hitter, the fewest hits allowed on the road in a World Series game since the Yankees accomplished the feat in 1999.
Wood allowed just one hit — and it put him in position to take the loss. With two outs in the sixth inning and his no-hit bid still intact, Wood gave up a solo home run to Houston Astros center fielder George Springer. The longball pushed the Astros ahead 1-0, and brought Dodgers manager Dave Roberts out to remove Wood, who was at 84 pitches.
Astros starting pitcher Charlie Morton didn’t flirt with a no-hitter much longer than his first pitch, allowing a leadoff single to Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor on his second offering of the night. But he did retire the next 14 batters he faced as he did his part to make Game 4 a pitchers’ duel. Morton finished his night with seven strikeouts across 6 1⁄3 innings, allowing three hits and one run.
Tip of the cap to Chuck, who struck out seven across 6 1/3 IP. pic.twitter.com/H4MutSifuz— Houston Astros (@astros) October 29, 2017
Dodgers designated hitter Joc Pederson broke out of a slump at just the right time for Los Angeles. After failing to homer in August and September, Pederson cranked his second longball of the World Series in the ninth inning of Game 4. The three-run shot pushed the Dodgers’ advantage to 6-1.
Astros reliever Ken Giles entered a 1-1 game in the top of the ninth inning. After throwing just eight pitches, he was pulled. He allowed three earned runs without recording an out. It was the sixth time in seven 2017 playoff appearance that Giles allowed a run.
With two on and nobody out in the ninth, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger doubled home the go-ahead run off Giles. It was the 22-year-old’s second double of the game. He scored the game-tying run in the seventh inning after his first two-base hit of the night. He became the youngest player in history with a pair of doubles in a World Series game. He also became just the ninth Dodgers player of any age to accomplish the feat.
Bellinger became just the fifth player in Dodgers history with a go-ahead hit in the ninth inning or later of a World Series game. The frontrunner for the 2017 National League Rookie of the Year Award joins an illustrious group:
Dodgers With Go-Ahead Hit in 9th Inning or later in World Series:— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 29, 2017
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With their game-winning outburst, the Dodgers became the first team in 17 years to put up five or more runs in the ninth inning of a World Series game.
Now that's how you finish off a game.— ESPN (@espn) October 29, 2017
The Dodgers are the first World Series team in 17 years to score 5+ in the 9th. pic.twitter.com/y3IC0ul6Ff
The Astros’ home record in the 2017 postseason dropped to 7-1 with the Game 4 defeat. They had been one of just two teams — along with the World Series champion 2008 Philadelphia Phillies — to open a playoff run 7-0 at home. Until the ninth inning, they had gone 71 innings without even trailing at home in the 2017 postseason.