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Dodgers-Astros World Series G4: In Real Life

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The Dodgers defeated the Astros, 6-2, on Saturday night to win Game 4 of the World Series presented by YouTube TV in Houston. The best-of-seven Series is now tied at 2-2.

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The Dodgers defeated the Astros, 6-2, on Saturday night to win Game 4 of the World Series presented by YouTube TV in Houston. The best-of-seven Series is now tied at 2-2.

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

11:15 p.m. ET: Dodgers surge ahead in 9th behind Bellinger, Pederson
Cody Bellinger was 0-for-13 in the World Series before doubling and scoring in the seventh. Now, he's 2-for-his-last-2.

After Corey Seager singled and Justin Turner walked to open the ninth against Astros closer Ken Giles, Bellinger doubled to center field, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. It was part of a five-run rally against Giles, who faced three batters and did not record an out, and Joe Musgrove, who coughed up Joc Pederson's three-run homer to make it a 6-1 Los Angeles advantage.

More than that, it formed a redemptive narrative for Bellinger, the National League's shoo-in Rookie of the Year. If Bellinger's offensive struggles are in the past, things may be looking up for the Dodgers.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @MLB: No matter what, this series will go back to Cali ���You like that, @Dodgers fans?! #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/QK8HcbXu4d

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @Dodgers: SLAM. THE. DOOR. WITH. THE. JOC POP! #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/tRasnZuTMg

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @CespedesBBQ: Joc just went full Kirk Cousins: "YOU LIKE THAT, YOU LIKE THAT"

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @JoshuaThornton_: All 3 of Joc Pederson's postseason career Hrs have come in big spots. Game 5 of the 2016 NLDS off Scherzer & Game 2 of the WS off Verlander

Video: WS2017 Gm4: Bellinger ropes a go-ahead double in 9th

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @MLBGIFs: When the rookie delivers in the 9th. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/JWuSHwbmGL

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @richardjustice: Astros had not trailed in 71 postseason innings at home until now.

10:29 p.m. ET: Logan's run! Dodgers strike back in 7th
A deflating sixth inning could have lingered for a Dodgers team that has not shown much ability to hit with runners in scoring position this Series. Instead, Los Angeles immediately rebounded, when Logan Forsythe singled home Cody Bellinger to tie the game at 1-1 in the seventh.

Bellinger had been 0-for-13 with eight strikeouts in the World Series when he doubled off the left-center-field wall with one out in the seventh. Astros manager A.J. Hinch came to the mound and, following a brief discussion with Charlie Morton, decided to lift his starter from the game for Will Harris.

The decision backfired two batters later when Forsythe laced his RBI single into center field, plating Bellinger with ease.

Video: WS2017 Gm4: Forsythe rips a game-tying knock on FOX

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @Dodgers: L🐻GAN. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/z9Kg5iEGER

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @ChrisArcher22: Logey bear getting it done tonight.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @MLBNetwork: .@Cody_Bellinger scores the tying run after doubling for his first hit of the #WorldSeries. #MLBTonight pic.twitter.com/qCHCdGp0nW

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @MLB: All tied up. Get ready for a photo finish. https://t.co/pkRINycUUf #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/J3qkRWvCsw

10:10 p.m. ET: Springer's dinger ends no-no, KOs Wood
There was little traffic on the bases during the first five innings at Minute Maid Park. That changed in the sixth, when the Astros cut down a run at the plate and scored one of their own.

In the top of the inning, Alex Bregman fired home to retire Austin Barnes, who was attempting to score on a Chris Taylor ground ball to the right side. Catcher Brian McCann applied the tag with plenty of time to spare, saving Charlie Morton what would have been his first run of the game.

Minutes later, George Springer crushed a solo home run for the first hit and run off Alex Wood, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead. It was the last pitch Wood would throw. Manager Dave Roberts exited the dugout almost immediately, replacing his starting pitcher with Brandon Morrow.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @MLB: .@astros have their first hit ��� and it���s a LOUD one. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/zJhe4Jb25u

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @LenaSpringer: THAT MOMENT YOUR BROTHER BREAKS UP A NO HITTER WITH A DINGER!!!!! #OKAYGEEG pic.twitter.com/PcDIPZWCbx

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @MLB: #SpringerDinger and it was a no-doubter! #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/mLtvSIzESD

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @jonmorosi: Remember when A.J. Hinch faced pressure to drop George Springer in the lineup? Long time ago.

Video: WS2017 Gm4: Bregman nabs Barnes at the plate on FOX

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @JJWatt: Bregman is a defensive wizard.

9:43 p.m. ET: Who will strike first? Starters lights-out through 5
Officially, there's a pitchers' duel brewing at Minute Maid Park. Charlie Morton faced the minimum through five innings on 50 pitches, retiring 14 straight following Chris Taylor's leadoff hit. The last 11 of those batters did not get the ball out of the infield. Morton has struck out seven.

Perhaps it's easier to put it this way: Morton is dominating.

In some ways, Dodgers starter Alex Wood hasn't looked quite so dominant, walking a pair and allowing more hard contact. (Through five innings, five of the game's six hardest-hit balls have come off Wood.) But the Dodgers left-hander hasn't allowed a hit or a run. It's a scoreless game heading to the sixth.

Keep your eyes glued on what just may be a classic in the making.

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Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @_dadler: Charlie Morton's curveball to strike out Cody Bellinger in the 5th: 3019 rpm, per @Statcast™. His 4th K on a 3000+ rpm curve this postseason.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @MLBNetwork: .@Dodgers lefty @Awood45 has been lights out through five shutout innings in Game Four. #ThisTeam #WorldSeries #MLBTonight pic.twitter.com/gWh1FdZN8C

9:13 p.m. ET: Wood, Morton dueling early
If the Dodgers were concerned about Alex Wood heading into Game 4 -- he couldn't get past the fifth in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, his only previous postseason start -- the left-hander has eased their minds with three hitless innings. Wood has walked two, but faced just one batter over the minimum.

The Dodgers have needed it considering the mastery of Charlie Morton, who has retired eight straight since Chris Taylor led off the game with a single. It's scoreless in Houston after three innings.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @MLB: These guys are dueling in H-Town. https://t.co/52HK6f8Qb2 #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/qvwZ1M9eWH

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @darenw: Morton through 3... Not one pitch up in the zone yet pic.twitter.com/27qsXMk7Kn

8:20 p.m. ET: It's game time!
Once again, the Astros offered plenty of pomp and circumstance before Game 4. Seven-year-old Hailey Dawson, whose goal is to throw out a ceremonial first pitch with her 3D-printed robotic right hand at all 30 Major League ballparks, performed the honors at Minute Maid Park.

Then Charlie Morton took the mound, looking to guide the Astros to a 3-1 Series lead. He allowed a leadoff hit to Chris Taylor, whom catcher Brian McCann erased trying to steal second base to end the inning.

That brought the Astros to bat amidst a sea of orange. It's loud. It's electric. It's a critical Game 4 in Houston.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @AndrewSimonMLB: Everything down from Charlie Morton in the 1st -- except one middle-middle cutter that Turner popped up. pic.twitter.com/YVoKEN7zYy

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @brianmctaggart: That's the first runner thrown out caught stealing for the Astros since the Eisenhower administration. I mean, Aug. 20.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @alysonfooter: Earlier today, J.Verlander presented NV native Hailey Dawson, who will throw 1st pitch w/robotic hand, cleats w/ ���Vegas Strong��� inscription. pic.twitter.com/taHkdoHlep

Video: The HPD Quartet discusses singing the anthem

8 p.m. ET: Trae takes it all in 
Houston hip hop artist Trae Tha Truth performed at a pregame festival outside Minute Maid Park and took in the atmosphere on the field prior to Game 4. 

Video: Frazier Othel Thompson discusses pride for Houston

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Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @astros: Game 4 festivities in the books, it's game time. #EarnHistory pic.twitter.com/q391F1H7fH

7:55 p.m. ET: Jensen, Kimbrel honored for air-tight efforts
In a perfect pregame pick-me-up for the Dodgers, closer Kenley Jansen and Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel were presented Saturday with the highest honor for relievers. Kimbrel received the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award, while Jansen took home his second consecutive Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award. More >

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @Dodgers: .@kenleyjansen74 received the Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award before tonight's game. #LetsGoDodgers pic.twitter.com/x6nU6M0CXq

MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre attended the presentation, using the time first to catch up with former manager Jim Leyland, left, then with Rivera.

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7:32 p.m. ET: L.A. swarms the cage
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner has 14 RBIs on 14 hits this postseason, and looked every bit the confident, red-bearded wonder that he is while taking pregame hacks during BP. Teammates Austin Barnes and Joc Pederson shared similar focus during their final Game 4 tuneups.

Video: WS2017 Gm4: Turner takes BP in real life

Video: WS2017 Gm4: Barnes takes BP in real life

Video: WS2017 Gm4: Pederson takes BP in real life

6:58 p.m. ET: Getting into the swing of things
While it's a safe bet that Dodgers Game 4 starter Alex Wood won't be tossing fat strikes across the heart of the plate, the Astros still looked sharp during this afternoon's BP in a quest to move to an unprecedented 8-0 at home during the postseason.

Video: WS2017 Gm4: Altuve takes BP in real life

Video: WS2017 Gm4: Springer takes BP in real life

Video: WS2017 Gm4: Gonzalez takes BP in real life

6:12 p.m. ET: Around the park
Astros infielders Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve hugged it out during pregame warmups. On the other side, Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig -- and his blue mohawk -- were zoned in and all business during BP.

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Props to the staff at Minute Maid Park for scrumptious-looking eats during the Series. Guests of the Honda Club Level were treated to a baked potato station as part of their pregame munchies.

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The crowd started early at the Astros' merch store, with a line out the door and down the concourse more than two hours before first pitch.

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6:07 p.m. ET: Smiles for miles
Tonight's first-pitch honoree has quite the inspirational story, and a snazzy, World Series-themed hand to complement it.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @PlayBall: 7-year-old Hailey Dawson gets to live out a dream at the #WorldSeries. pic.twitter.com/OxvFuGiLVN

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @MLB: Hailey Dawson is loving her #WorldSeries-themed, 3D-printed hand. pic.twitter.com/6p7MNrSpHR

Cubs' Rizzo enjoys time at Play Ball event

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @MLB: From one ace to another! @JustinVerlander gifts Hailey Dawson some sweet kicks before her first pitch tonight! pic.twitter.com/JRmpSdwGD7

5:27 p.m. ET: Is this guy just good at everything?
ALCS MVP Justin Verlander, who pitched six innings during the Astros' World Series Game 2 win, went deep during BP. Verlander is earmarked for a Game 6 start should the Series get that far.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @brianmctaggart: Verlander just hit a homer in batting practice. He's getting ready for possible Game 6 start in LA pic.twitter.com/f10MekMCiC

Video: WS2017 Gm4: Verlander takes BP in real life

5:06 p.m. ET: Dodgers stay the course
Los Angeles revealed its Game 4 lineup, and, like the Astros, decided to stay with the same order as in Game 3. Lefty Alex Wood will get the start tonight, with first pitch just more than three hours away.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @Dodgers: #ThisTeam // #WorldSeries Game 4:Taylor CFSeager SS Turner 3BBellinger 1BPuig RFForsythe 2BBarnes CPederson DHHern��ndez LF(Wood P) pic.twitter.com/Si9w2zpnCz

4:52 p.m. ET: Elsewhere in baseball ...
At 6-foot-5, the Big Hurt could make anyone feel small. A photo op with 4-foot-9 gymnast Simone Biles before boarding a flight to Houston though? Magic.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @TheBigHurt_35: Had the pleasure of meeting the amazing @Simone_Biles on my flight to Houston the other day. This is what greatness looks like people! pic.twitter.com/i6tt86Br08

Giancarlo Stanton looks like he'd be fun to hang with, doesn't he? The Marlins star recently took his antics to the dance floor in a How-I-Spent-My-Offseason video worthy of awards.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @Cut4: .@Giancarlo818's out here living his best life.(via Giancarlo's IG) pic.twitter.com/S4UuR1oJ9A

4:39 p.m. ET: Houston, we have a lineup
The Astros decided not to fix what wasn't broken, unveiling a Game 4 lineup that mirrored Game 3, with the exception of starting pitcher Charlie Morton. More >

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @astros: World Series Game 4#EarnHistory pic.twitter.com/z6rEdFmqV8

4:23 p.m. ET: The Commish speaks
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced on Saturday that Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel was suspended for five games to start the 2018 regular season following Gurriel's inappropriate actions during Friday night's Game 3. More >

Video: Commissioner Rob Manfred on Gurriel's behavior

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @astros: The Astros have released the following statement: pic.twitter.com/BKo6b1CLV7

3:50 p.m. ET: Keeping perspective, raising awareness
Former Commissioner Bud Selig drove MLB's initial involvement in the Stand Up To Cancer movement, which is still going strong years later. Fans in the ballpark for Game 4 will be provided with "I STAND UP FOR ____" placards at their seats, pre-filled or with the capability to personalize the name of a loved one.

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After the bottom of the fifth inning on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, Major League Baseball, Stand Up To Cancer and MasterCard will conduct a traditional in-game moment, with players, umpires, coaches and a sellout crowd all pausing to hold up placards with the names of loved ones affected by cancer. The powerful moment will be aired live on FOX.  More >

2:51 p.m. ET: The roof, the roof, the roof is ... wait, what?
The Astros are so hot at home it apparently caused an alarm to go off. OK, that's probably not the real reason, but Minute Maid Park was briefly evacuated early this afternoon when the sirens sounded.

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2:03 p.m. ET: No off-days
One day after winning the Roberto Clemente Award for his community involvement and charity work, Cubs star Anthony Rizzo was back on the grind, taking the field at a Play Ball event at the Astros' MLB Urban Youth Academy. Rizzo, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston police chief Art Acevedo and fast-pitch softball star Jennie Finch were among the many attendees.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @marathoner: Hey, look: @ARizzo44 is still making big plays at the #WorldSeries. #Cubs #PlayBall pic.twitter.com/kLJfj6CoXD

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1:22 p.m. ET: Maid to succeed?
Houston has put together some pretty impressive postseason numbers at Minute Maid Park, and it's easy to see why the Astros are flying high after taking a 2-1 lead in the Series.

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @richardjustice: Astros 7-0 at home during postseason, outscored opponents 36-10. Team ERA is 1.43. Rotation is 7-0, 1.40 ERA. Relievers at home 1.50 ERA.

Still, every fan knows that in baseball, nothing is guaranteed:

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @MLB: This is still anyone���s #WorldSeries. pic.twitter.com/vJ6PIm71mE

1:12 p.m. ET: Pod squad
They're back! MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice have plenty to talk about after the Astros pulled ahead in the World Series with a Game 3 win Friday. Check out the Morning Lineup podcast to hear the guys break down Friday's managerial pitching decisions, discuss the Astros' dominance at Minute Maid Park and offer other insights. More >

LISTEN NOW: Morning Lineup podcast, Game 3 recap

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