Dodgers pitcher Wood delivers in biggest start of career

HOUSTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Alex Wood began the year in the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen because he was not considered one of their top five pitchers but on Saturday he put the team back on track in the World Series with the start of his life.

Wood was stellar in the biggest start of his career and the grandest stage in baseball as he carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning of a 6-2 win against Houston Astros that shifted momentum back into his team's favor.

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"It's hard to put into words really right now," said Woods, whose night ended after his no-hitter was broken up by a two-out George Springer homer.

It marked the longest no-hit bid in World Series history by a Dodgers pitcher, eclipsing the previous mark of 4-2/3 innings set in 1963 by Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax.

Wood was not only tasked with trying to give his team a shot at levelling the best-of-seven series at two games apiece but was also being counted on to help out a taxed bullpen that was leaned on heavily in the previous game when the Dodgers trailed early.

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Oct 28, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood throws a pitch against the Houston Astros in the first inning in game four of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) throws out Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig in the second inning in game four of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Kike Hernandez hits a single against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning in game four of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) celebrates with third baseman Alex Bregman (2) after the top of the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game four of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes (15) is tagged out by Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann (16) in the sixth inning in game four of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros center fielder George Springer (4) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth inning in game four of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brandon Morrow throws a pitch against the Houston Astros in the seventh inning in game four of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Chris Devenski (47) reacts after retiring the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 8th inning in game four of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (5) scores a run against the Houston Astros in the 9th inning in game four of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Joc Pederson (31) celebrates after hitting a three-run home run against the Houston Astros in the 9th inning in game four of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (right) hugs catcher Austin Barnes (15) after defeating the Houston Astros in game four of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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He may not have had his best stuff but it was enough to keep the Astros potent lineup at bay for most of the night.

The win put the Dodgers, who are chasing their first World Series title since 1988, back in control since they will send ace Clayton Kershaw to the mound on Sunday for a pivotal Game Five.

"Woody was phenomenal. He was hitting his spots, keeping them off balance. He's been great for us all year," said Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger. "We needed that out of him to go deep in this game to save our arms in the bullpen."

The pitching performance was the latest in a breakout campaign for Wood, who in his third year with the Dodgers collected a career-high 16 wins during the regular season.

It also could not have come at a better time since Astros counterpart Charlie Morgan also enjoyed a dominant night, allowing one run on three hits with no walks and seven strikeouts over 6-1/3 innings.

"Woody's command tonight, his compete was just off the charts," said Dodgers managers Dave Robert. "The focus and just on this stage to leave it all out there ... set the tone for us and just outstanding tonight."

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