LOS ANGELES - George Springer set a record for most extra base hits in one World Series and tied the record for most home runs in a Series when he hit a two-run homer off Dodgers starter Yu Darvish in Game 7 of the World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.
Springer also had accumulated 29 total bases against the Dodgers after the homer, setting another World Series record.
Houston took a 5-0 lead in the game on Springer’s home run.
Springer also homered in his fourth consecutive World Series game, becoming the first player in big-league history to accomplish the feat in a single postseason.
Houston went ahead against Game 3 loser Darvish after four pitches and took a 2-0 lead after eight.
Springer lined a flat slider just inside the left-field foul line for a leadoff double, at the time tying Willie Stargell’s record of seven extra-base hits in a World Series, set in 1979.
Alex Bregman hit a grounder that first baseman Cody Bellinger gloved in front of second baseman Logan Forsythe.
Needing to make an off-balance throw, Bellinger threw behind Darvish at first base, and the ball bounced into the Astros dugout as Springer scored.
Bregman wound up at second on the error, advanced to third on Houston’s second stolen base of the Series and came home on Jose Altuve’s grounder to first.
In the biggest start of his career, Darvish lasted only five outs - just as he did in Game 3. The Japanese right-hander is headed into unrestricted free agency after the worst World Series by a starting pitcher since 1960, when Art Ditmar lasted got just one out in each of his two starts for the Yankees against Pittsburgh.
Lance McCullers Jr. was chased in the third inning, making this the first Game 7 in which neither starting pitcher got three outs.
Clayton Kershaw relieved to start the inning and retired the side in order, three days after he failed to hold a 4-0 lead in Game 5.
McCullers allowed Corey Seager’s leadoff single in the third and hit Justin Turner on a shoulder blade - McCullers’ Series record fourth hit batter of the game.
He struck out Cody Bellinger for the second time, and Brad Peacock came in and retired Yasiel Puig on a flyout and struck out Joc Pederson.
Los Angeles put on three runners in the first and two each in the second and third, but went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded six.
The game was not yet over as this edition of the Press was being printed.