The story of this game was the pitchers, but then in the last inning it was the Dodgers’ offense. Right when L.A. needed it to be the case.
Both starters pitched lights out for the majority of the game. Alex Wood’s no-hitter was broken up with two outs in the sixth thanks to a George Springer home run. He struck out three, walked one, and was somehow nearly overshadowed by an equally impressive outing from Houston’s Charlie Morton.
Morton was dealing in Game 4, with pitches low in the zone and a splitter that at a few points looked silly it was so well deployed.
He went 6 1⁄3 innings for the Astros, allowing the Dodgers only three hits and striking out seven — with no walks. He didn’t have the no-hit bid that Wood did, but his performance was the more engaging to watch.
L.A. could have scored in the sixth inning, when Chris Taylor hit into a fielder’s choice to third base. Alex Bregman, who is a show off in this particular area, made the choice to go to home plate and got Austin Barnes out on the base path.
Once Will Harris took over for Morton, the Dodgers were able to put a run on the board. Logan Forsythe, who was pinch-hit for in Game 3, singled to center field which brought Bellinger home from second base to tie the game at one.
Those were the only runs until the ninth inning when Ken Giles, who looked a bit shaky to start, allowed a Corey Seager single, put Justin Turner on base with a walk, and then allowed a Cody Bellinger double to bring a run around. That was the end of Giles’ night.
They scored their third run of the night with an Austin Barnes bases-loaded sac-fly to right field that scored Charlie Culberson from third base. Just in case two runs was still too close a lead for nervous Dodgers fans, Joc Pederson took care of those nerves with a three-run home run that was absolutely crushed.
The five-run deficit was too much for the Astros to overcome in the bottom of the ninth, especially with Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen on the mound. They got one run back with an Alex Bregman home run but that was the best they could do.
So the series will definitely go back to L.A., and the Dodgers have home field advantage back heading into the Game 5 on Sunday. This series is tied up!