Kershaw carries Dodgers to 4-2 win over Rays, brink of World Series crown

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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, 22, celebrates with his teammates following their 4-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays in game five of the 2020 World Series

ARLINGTON (UNITED STATES) – The Los Angeles Dodgers, led by pitcher Clayton Kershaw’s gutsy performance, shook off a crushing defeat to beat Tampa Bay 4-2 and move within one win of their first World Series title in 32 years on Sunday.

Joc Pederson and Max Muncy homered for the Dodgers and Kershaw notched the 13th post-season win of his career — his fourth this post-season — as Los Angeles took a three-games-to-two lead in Major League Baseball’s best-of-seven championship series.

“Tonight was a grind, all the way through,” said Kershaw. “My slider wasn’t as good as it was in game one. But I stuck with the game plan.

“To only give up…

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