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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 >
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.
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 >
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.