Turner homer swings it for Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The opening game of the World Series confirmed it was still Justin Turner's world and the championship hopes of the Los Angeles Dodgers orbit around his uppercut swing.

Turner's magical post-season reached new heights on Tuesday when he incited the Dodgers and their home crowd with a two-run home run in the sixth inning that helped package a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros.

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"Post-season is definitely a lot more fun," Turner told reporters. "Just to be in the moment and look around and see almost 60,000 people in Dodger Stadium on their feet going crazy, it's pretty special."

When Turner snapped a 1-1 tie with a soaring blast that cleared the fence in left-center field it evoked memories of the Dodgers' most famous home run 29 years ago.

Kirk Gibson sparked the Dodgers with a walk-off blast in Game One of the 1988 World Series, then memorably hobbled around the bases.

Turner's shot was not nearly as dramatic, but should the Dodgers go on to claim the title it will surely live on in Dodgers lore.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros pitches during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game one of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Fans cheer for Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game 1 of the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: A detail shot of the World Series logo on the sleeve of a Houston Astros jersey during Game 1 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros reacts after allowing a two-run home run to Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning in game one of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with Yasiel Puig #66 after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in game one of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros hits a solo home run in the fourth inning of Game 1 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros celebrates with Carlos Correa #1 after hitting solo home run in the fourth inning of Game 1 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros is pulled by manager A.J. Hinch during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game one of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after defeating the Houston Astros 3-1 in game one of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Oct 24, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) celebrates with catcher Austin Barnes (15) after the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Houston Astros in game one of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
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A pitcher's duel between Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw and Houston's Dallas Keuchel was the early story of Game One and the game's quick rhythm kept the crowd in check.

But the Los Angeles faithful finally let loose when Turner rose to the occasion in the sixth, and chants of 'Just-in!' filled the air.

"This place was the most electric I've ever seen it," said Turner of Dodger Stadium. "It should be, (it's) the first World Series here in 29 years."

The lasting ovation was more than a nod to his timely home run but a celebration of his 2017 playoff heroics as a whole. The red-hot third baseman has hit safely in all nine playoff games, as the Dodgers have posted an 8-1 record and tallied a franchise-record 13 RBIs in these playoffs.

But more than the numbers, Turner's playoff run has been about moments.

There was the three-run, walk-off blast that gave the Dodgers a 2-0 best-of-seven command against the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series; and the tone-setting, three-run homer in the first inning of the team's playoff opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Turner is carving out quite the post-season legacy.

"He just comes up with big hits," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "It's hard to explain. He's that guy that you want in the big spots, and he doesn't scare off."

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