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Morrow continues to come up with big outs

Roberts says Dodgers reliever expected to be available for Game 5
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HOUSTON -- Dodgers reliever Brandon Morrow may not have been accustomed to warming up so intensely while there was a no-hitter still in play, but even with Alex Wood dealing in the sixth, Morrow probably sensed it wouldn't be long before he'd be called upon.

No bullpen in the postseason has been used as prominently as that of the National League champion Dodgers, and no single reliever has been called on more than Morrow, who accounted for four crucial outs in the Dodgers' 6-2 win on Saturday in Game 4 that tied the World Series, 2-2.

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HOUSTON -- Dodgers reliever Brandon Morrow may not have been accustomed to warming up so intensely while there was a no-hitter still in play, but even with Alex Wood dealing in the sixth, Morrow probably sensed it wouldn't be long before he'd be called upon.

No bullpen in the postseason has been used as prominently as that of the National League champion Dodgers, and no single reliever has been called on more than Morrow, who accounted for four crucial outs in the Dodgers' 6-2 win on Saturday in Game 4 that tied the World Series, 2-2.

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Morrow has pitched in all four World Series games over the past five days -- the first time he's done that all season -- and, if needed, he'll be called on again tonight in Game 5.

"He's available," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said emphatically after Game 4. "You look at how we match up and use our 'pen, and to have bridge guys to get to the big man at the back end is imperative."

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The "big man" to whom Roberts was referring is Kenley Jansen. But even the closer's well-documented workload hasn't matched that of Morrow, whose appearance in the sixth inning of Game 4 was his 11th of the postseason. Jansen's ninth-inning work marked his 10th.

"Brandon Morrow did a great job," Jansen said. "Man, he's taken a lot of load [off] us this year."

It's been that way for most of the time Morrow has been with the Dodgers. A non-roster invitee to Spring Training this year, Morrow made his first appearance for the Dodgers on May 29. With past injury issues seemingly behind him, Morrow didn't allow a run until his 13th appearance of the season, on July 4 in Arizona.

Months later, no Dodgers pitcher with double-digit innings this postseason has a lower ERA. In 12 1/3 innings, Morrow has allowed two earned runs for a 1.46 ERA.

Video: WS2017 Gm4: Dodgers discuss pitching success in win

"It's just great to be a part of it," he said. "I joined the team kind of right at the very beginning of the real hot streak we got on in the middle of the summer.

"It felt like that throughout the whole postseason, even the last two games, getting down two games to one. I don't think that the feeling changed from the guys in here. The feeling has been awesome throughout the whole thing. I'm just glad to be contributing and working my way up the ladder in the bullpen."

Had Wood not taken a no-hitter into the sixth inning, it's likely Morrow would have been the one to face Houston leadoff hitter George Springer. Instead, Morrow was summoned immediately after Springer's solo homer sailed into the seats in left field.

Video: WS2017 Gm4: Roberts on decision to pull Wood in 6th

Morrow needed 14 pitches to retire four Houston hitters.

"The innings that B-Mo and [Tony Watson] gave us were obviously huge to allow us to get to Kenley," Roberts said. "So if those guys can't do their job, it just doesn't work. A credit to all those guys."

Video: WS2017 Gm4: Watson earns the win in Game 4 vs. Astros

Given the length of the postseason, fatigue is a popular topic this time of year. It's widely understood that if a player says he's not tired, he's probably not being completely forthright. It's also understood that none of that matters when trying to win a championship title.

Perhaps Morrow is a little fatigued from all the extra work. It's also something he'll address next week, when the World Series is over.

In Game 5, he'll hope to get the ball, again.

"I think the adrenaline will take you as far as you need to go," he said. "There's no 'tired' in the postseason. I've come to experience that every time out. You feel good, because you're in the moment."

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter.

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