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The Astros defeated the Dodgers, 5-3, in Game 3 of the World Series presented by YouTube TV on Friday night in Houston. The Astros lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1.

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The Astros defeated the Dodgers, 5-3, in Game 3 of the World Series presented by YouTube TV on Friday night in Houston. The Astros lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1.

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MLB.com was on the scene from Minute Maid Park.

12:08 a.m. ET: Peacock puts away Dodgers for first career save
The Dodgers may employ one of baseball's best bullpens. But while Dave Roberts spent most of Friday mixing and matching his relievers, the Astros needed just one -- Brad Peacock, who threw up zeroes for the final 3 2/3 innings of a 5-3 Astros win.

Peacock came on in relief of Lance McCullers Jr. in the sixth inning and never departed, allowing two inherited runs but nothing else. And just like that, the Astros have taken a 2-1 lead in this best-of-seven series.

Video: WS2017 Gm3: Peacock retires Grandal, earns the save

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @MLB: Ballgame! @astros take a 2-1 series lead and stay unbeaten at home in the #postseason. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/nTJRLHUrMs

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @JJWatt: YESSIRRRRRR!!!!!���STROSSSS!!!!!!!!#EarnHistory

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @MLBStatoftheDay: .@astros become only the SECOND team in @MLB history to win first seven home games in a #postseason (2008 @Phillies). pic.twitter.com/tYtlOWBZir

10:45 p.m. ET: Dodgers chip away at deficit
Lance McCullers Jr. lasted until the top of the sixth, departing after allowing two of the three batters he faced that inning to reach base. They came around to score on a Yasiel Puig RBI groundout and a run-scoring wild pitch, both with Brad Peacock on the mound.

So things have gotten a little tighter -- and a little quieter -- at Minute Maid Park. It's now a 5-3 game and a battle of the bullpens, with more than three innings still to play.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @Dodgers: We'll take it! #ThisTeam pic.twitter.com/CXNdhDAjnB

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @brianmctaggart: McCullers threw 87 pitches (53 curveballs)

10:10 p.m. ET: McCullers keeps LA at bay
Staked to a four-run lead, Lance McCullers Jr. immediately put it at risk when he walked the first three batters he faced in the third inning. The bullpen stirred. But McCullers has since recovered, getting through the fifth thanks in part to a diving catch by center fielder George Springer.

After inducing a double play to escape the third-inning rally with just one run against him, McCullers found his groove in the middle innings. Carlos Correa provided some stellar defense by throwing out Yasiel Puig trying to stretch a single into a double in the fourth. McCullers then allowed a one-out double to Joc Pederson in the fifth, and then a hard-hit ball to Chris Taylor with two outs. But Springer ranged to his right, diving to snare it to end the inning.

The Astros carried a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @MLB: The throw. The Tag. What a play. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/App8SZ9a6W

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @Cut4: #SuperSpringer makes a #WorldSeries appearance. pic.twitter.com/WNwoIhR8JY

9:41 p.m. ET: Astros fans stylin'
Minute Maid Park isn't the only thing that's loud during Game 3. Just check out some of the wild fashion choices and costumes among the Houston faithful.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @Cut4: .@astros fans dusted off their finest threads for the #WorldSeries. https://t.co/KRdOunGJ2L

9:15 p.m. ET: Four! Yuli, Astros tee off, KO Darvish in big 2nd
If Minute Maid Park was loud before Game 3, the Astros cranked up the decibels when they chased Yu Darvish from the game with a four-run rally in the second inning.

Yuli Gurriel opened things with a homer, making him the first of five consecutive Astros to reach base against Darvish. Four of them scored. Marwin Gonzalez and Brian McCann contributed RBI singles, and Alex Bregman capped the rally with a line-drive sacrifice fly to center.

Gurriel, meanwhile, became the 12th player to homer in the first three World Series games. The record for the number of players going deep in a World Series is 13, set way back in 1953.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @MLB: .@el_yuly10 ignites a HUGE inning for the @astros with this laser. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/IkYxbILrdn

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @MLBGIFs: It���s gotta be the hair, Cotton! #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/qOP8DzP1wp

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @jonmorosi: Yuli Gurriel was known as the Derek Jeter of Cuba, in international baseball circles. On cue, he is batting .347 in his 1st @MLB postseason.

8:20 p.m. ET: McCullers brings heat to open Game 3
Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. fired a 95-mph fastball to Chris Taylor and the first World Series game in Houston since 2005 -- and just the third Fall Classic game ever played in the city -- was underway.

Before Game 3, Astros players said they wanted the roof closed at Minute Maid Park to heighten the atmosphere. Their wish was granted and the effect was plain to see: The stadium is loud and boisterous, with "Let's go Astros!" chants echoing throughout it. A 2-1 series lead is at stake.

Photo: mccullers_1280

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @astros: IT'S TIME! #EarnHistory pic.twitter.com/VuEodX0Our

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @Dodgers: #ITFDB pic.twitter.com/6EZ0s6o5X1

8:10 p.m. ET: Watt fires up Minute Maid
A season-ending leg injury didn't stop Houston Texans star J.J. Watt from supporting the Astros by throwing out the first pitch before Game 3. Watt has also raised more than $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Video: WS2017 Gm3: Watt throws out ceremonial first pitch

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @MLB: .@JJWatt fires up the home crowd. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/vxAJ3yBW3I

7:53 p.m. ET: Quite an honor
Cubs star Anthony Rizzo was honored with the 2017 Roberto Clemente Award prior to first pitch of Game 3. The award pays tribute to the late Hall of Famer's legacy, achievements and character by recognizing a Major League player who best represents the game through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions both on and off the field. More >

Rizzo, who is heavily involved in charity work for children with cancer, is the third member of the Chicago Cubs to receive the award, joining Rick Sutcliffe and Sammy Sosa.

Video: Anthony Rizzo on receiving the Roberto Clemente Award

7:17 p.m. ET: Final tune-ups
Los Angeles got in its swings as Minute Maid Park began to fill up with fans eager to take in the power display. Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner didn't disappoint.

Video: WS2017 Gm3: Seager takes batting practice before game

Video: WS2017 Gm3: Puig bat flips in batting practice

Video: WS2017 Gm3: Turner swings the bat in batting practice

7:12 p.m. ET: The World Series, according to Orbit
Orbit joined on-air commentary during batting practice to offer an opinion on Game 3, with first pitch around one hour away. Aided by a translator, the Astros' mascot predicted the home team would win due to -- what else? -- mascot inspiration.

Video: Orbit has fun during Astros' batting practice

7:03 p.m. ET: Astronomical response
Houston's NASA base my have won the creativity battle today, but the greater-Los Angeles NASA hub won the numbers game. Not to be outdone by its witty Texas counterparts, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., crammed everyone it could into this picture to show its support for the Dodgers:

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @MagicJohnson: My friend Antoine Jenkins sent me this photo today. Looks like @NASAJPL employees are ready for game 3 tonight. Go @Dodgers! pic.twitter.com/k3hxiHkqoO

Houston might have a problem.

6:46 p.m. ET: Last-minute tweak
The Dodgers shuffled their lineup around a bit, swapping Enrique Hernandez in at left field for Joc Pederson, who'll now DH.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @Dodgers: Updated lineup:Taylor CFSeager SSTurner 3BBellinger 1BPuig RFForsythe 2BBarnes CPederson DHHern��ndez LF(Darvish P) https://t.co/aiFWzoO5x2

6:22 p.m. ET: Getting into the swing of things

As the hosts for the next three games, the Astros took BP first. Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and Brian McCann looked sharp as they loosened up and honed their swings for the first pitch, around two hours away.

Video: WS2017 Gm3: Correa takes batting practice before game

Video: WS2017 Gm3: Altuve swings away in batting practice

Video: WS2017 Gm3: McCann takes hacks in batting practice

6:03 p.m. ET: Game 3 turning into a Hou's Hou of Astros stars

Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, center, takes a moment to pose with National Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson, right, and vice president Jon Shestakofsky.

Photo: Biggio-1280

5:43 p.m. ET: Let's give 'em something to talk about

As Astros GM Jeff Luhnow was on the air talking Game 3 with Chris Russo prior to batting practice, Carson Riley waited eagerly to meet Astros shortstop Carlos Correa post-BP for a very special reason.

Photo: HOUgm-1280

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @alysonfooter: Carson Riley, who caught Carlos Correa���s home run ball in Game 1 of the ALCS, is back for the WS. He'll meet Correa after BP today. pic.twitter.com/hvZ0JgCbKz

5:15 p.m. ET: Ice, ice baby

Fans at tonight's game were treated to some cool sculptures. How long would that have lasted in Los Angeles this week?

Photo: Ice-1280

5:08 p.m. ET: Familiar face, familiar place

Former Astros ace Roy Oswalt is in the house with his family to take in Game 3. Oswalt, a three-time All-Star with Houston, pitched in the 2005 World Series against the White Sox.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @alysonfooter: Look who���s back! Former Astros ace Roy Oswalt at MMP with his daughters for Game 3 of World Series. He���ll be here tomorrow too. pic.twitter.com/lF92ALyTQy

4:46 p.m. ET: Roger, Dodgers

Los Angeles rolled out its Game 3 lineup, with Yu Darvish on the mound. The Dodgers opted for Logan Forsythe at second base tonight and gave Chase Utley a rest, and Enrique Hernandez will bat ninth as the team's DH.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @Dodgers: #ThisTeam // #WorldSeries GM 3:Taylor CFSeager SSTurner 3BBellinger 1BPuig RFForsythe 2BBarnes CPederson LFHern��ndez DH(Darvish P) pic.twitter.com/JyBB4JccDJ

4:38 p.m. ET: Sooooo ... does that make them Astros-nauts?

NASA really upped its game in the afternoon, with photos of its team "suited up" for Game 3. Out of this World Series, indeed.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @NASA_Johnson: First home #WorldSeries game for the @astros tonight! We are suiting up to cheer on the home team. #EarnHistory #OutOfThisWorldSeries pic.twitter.com/BwPmP4b2c4

4:28 p.m. ET: Line 'em up

The Astros were first out with their lineups, and will rely on Lance McCullers Jr. and his curve to keep the Dodgers' bats quiet. Houston is 6-0 at home this postseason, and outscored opponents at Minute Maid Park 31-7 during that time. More >

The team welcomed Evan Gattis back to the lineup as DH after losing him the first two games in Los Angeles under National League rules.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @astros: World Series Game 3#EarnHistory pic.twitter.com/NWKnJhvZC0

4:06 p.m. ET: Mic check

We caught up with Game 3 national anthem singer Promise Harris, who admitted to a few pregame jitters as the realization of singing at the World Series sinks in.

"I'm not truly a singer ... I just sing," said Harris, of her lack of formal voice training. "I feel like it was a gift, and I absolutely give it away as often as I can."

Video: Master sergeant Promise Harris on singing the anthem

Harris, a Master Sergeant in the Texas Air National Guard, has performed the anthem at Minute Maid Park on numerous occasions; plenty enough for the Astros enough to earn her fandom, at least.

"I wasn't even a baseball fan before I started singing for the Astros," she said, "but I'm an Astros fan now."

3:52 p.m. ET: The roof, the roof, the roof is ... closed

With a line of storms hanging out just off the coast around first pitch and temperatures dipping into the not-quite-LA range, Minute Maid Park would rather be safe than sorry, opting to shut out the weather for now. Might be worth noting that the park isn't heated: The low in Houston tonight is expected to be a brisk 45 degrees, so even with the roof closed it could get a little chilly indoors.

3:47 p.m. ET: You heard it here hearse

It wouldn't be Halloween without a spooky chuckle, this one at the Dodgers' expense.

Photo: Hearse-1280

3:19 p.m. ET: Professional fans

Someone is riding around out there, repping the Astros in the Knight Rider car, part II:

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @Chalkstang_Car: Go Astros! World Series 2017! #earnhistory #HoustonStrong #artcar #chalkstang #GoAstros #WorldSeries2017 pic.twitter.com/Mwnc8WNREC

Elsewhere in town, medical professionals and officers alike were happy to spruce up their Friday with a little orange flair:

Photo: HOUprofans-1280

Houston mayor Sylvester Turner also tossed a friendly barb to the West Coast, directed at Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, with whom he made a lunch bet on Tuesday:

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @SylvesterTurner: Thanks @killensbbq for lunch! When @MayorOfLA personally brings Korean BBQ & beer I'll take him there for lunch. #EarnHistory Go @astros ������ pic.twitter.com/D7kcr6D1tf

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @MayorOfLA: If the @Astros win the series, we will send over a uniquely L.A. meal from our friends at @KogiBBQ & @GoldenRoadBrew.

And don't think the Los Angeles Public Library was getting left out of the fun:

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @LAPublicLibrary: Game one is in the 📚 and #WorldSeries book spine poetry challenge with @houstonlibrary is heating up. #ThisTeam pic.twitter.com/R8nTXmNN9G

2:04 p.m. ET: Far out!

No pressure or anything, but NASA has joined in the World Series hype.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @NASA_Orion: Go @Astros! Go @NASA_Astronauts! #EarnHistory #WorldSeries #BringItHome from @Astro_Rex and the Orion team! pic.twitter.com/LHd9GMWyhP

NASA has Johnson Space Center in Houston and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., about 10 miles outside of Los Angeles. Naturally, the two are split in their World Series predictions. With all of the excitement surrounding Game 2, it was only a matter of time before the final frontier was pulled into this Fall Classic's action.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @NASA: Human ASTROS exploring space or robotic probes as planet/asteroid DODGERS? It's both in our #OutOfThisWorldSeries: https://t.co/E4tVN1X9hr pic.twitter.com/yTekrAYHFo

1:21 p.m. ET: Keeping up the Clemente tradition

Astros legend Jose Cruz, Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan, Vera Clemente, wife of late Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, and Roberto Clemente Jr. joined in as MLB and the Astros hosted a volunteer event with the Houston Food Bank on Friday. More >

Photo: HOU-foodbank-1280

The event, which also welcomed MLB executives and representatives from the Astros, will serve free meals to the Houston community, an effort held in the spirit of Roberto Clemente's humanitarian legacy. Tonight, the winner of the 2017 Roberto Clemente Award will be announced at Minute Maid Park prior to Game 3.

Photo: HOU-foodbank-2-1280

12:24 p.m. ET: Yu look familiar

Dodgers Game 3 starter Yu Darvish is no stranger to the Astros, who faced the righty often as he spent his career with the Rangers before he was acquired by Los Angeles in a Verlander-esque move minutes before the Trade Deadline in July. More >

Though he's tweaked his delivery since joining the Dodgers, Darvish has certainly handled the Astros in the past, too.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @brianmctaggart: On April 2, 2013, Yu Darvish sent down the first 26 Astros he faced. One out from a perfect game, Marwin Gonzalez singled up the middle.

12:05 p.m. ET: Pod squad

The Morning Lineup podcast, hosted by MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice, looks ahead to tonight's pivotal Game 3 as the World Series shifts to Houston. Which team benefits more from an extra day of rest and the addition of the DH? How will Minute Maid Park affect momentum? And what does this Astros squad mean to the city of Houston after Hurricane Harvey? Get the dish via Morning Lineup.

LISTEN NOW: Morning Lineup podcast, Game 3 preview

Photo: Richard Justice and Anthony Castrovince host the Morning Lineup podcast.

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