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Led by Mexican Victor González and under the shelter of Julio Urías, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 and won the seventh World Series in their history.
The man from Nayarit led Los Angeles to the ninth in Game 6 of the Fall Classic and, with his left arm, declared the victory that avoided the tie at three wins per side and broke the 32-year Los Angeles drought without a title.
The tri-color pitcher’s milestone, however, stemmed from a controversial decision by Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash, who decided, prematurely, to remove his starter, Blake Snell, from the mound.
This one had had an outlet that painted to be historical; he worked 5 1/3 innings, striking out nine and allowing two hits without walking. Cash opted to remove him after receiving the second hit and with the game winning 1-0 on the sixth roll.
Then came the unfortunate relief of Nick Anderson. Snell’s heritage Austin Barnes reached third base on a double by Mookie Betts and later the register as a result of a wild pitch.
Cuban Randy Arozarena’s 1-0 lead in the first inning – with his 10th postseason home run (an extension of his own record) – was gone and all was level.
Corey Seager stood at the plate and propelled Betts to the register, to the incredulous and angry looks from Kevin Cash and Blake Snell, respectively. Anderson left the field, but failure was written.
Dave Roberts stole the ball from Victor Gonzalez for the seventh inning, after striking out three opponents and allowing no hit or run in one 1/3 innings. The one from Tuxpan became the fourth Mexican pitcher to win a World Series game.
Brusdar Graterol relieved him, but a hit to his account alerted Dave Roberts and another Mexican was sent to the center of the diamond. Julio Urías got the decisive out in the fateful game and took care of his compatriot’s triumph until the end of the game, winning the save.
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