Dodgers bullpen finally step up to the plate in must-win Game 6

LOS ANGELES, Oct 31 (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Dodgers’ relievers slayed their recent demons to force a decisive Game Seven in their World Series clash with the Houston Astros.

Having been battered by Houston’s offensive surges during the series, the Dodgers bullpen responded with a backs-to-the-wall performance that secured a 3-1 win and restored confidence in Los Angeles.

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With starting pitcher Rich Hill chased in the fifth inning, the Dodgers handed the ball off to four hurlers who steered the team home.

“It was a complete team effort,” said Hill after watching his team mates carry the night.

“Houston has a great lineup. The biggest thing was to leave everything out on the field."

Reliever Brandon Morrow took the mound in the fifth with the bases loaded and brought the weight of his disastrous performance in Game Five on Sunday when he allowed four runs and two home runs with no outs.

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HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 29: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros reacts after an at bat against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 29: Chris Devenski #47 of the Houston Astros pitches during Game 5 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Minute Maid Park on Sunday, October 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by LG Patterson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 29: Logan Forsythe #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a double during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros in game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 29: Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after scoring on a single during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros in game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers collides with Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros as he is tagged out during the tenth inning in game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Derek Fisher #21 of the Houston Astros slides in to home plate scoring the game winning run during the tenth inning against Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Astros defeated the Dodgers 13-12. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros celebrates after hitting a game-winning single during the tenth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 29: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros tags out Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at third base during the seventh inning in game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-winning single during the tenth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Astros defeated the Dodgers 13-12. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros celebrates with Josh Reddick #22 after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers during the tenth inning in game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Astros defeated the Dodgers 13-12. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-winning single during the tenth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Astros defeated the Dodgers 13-12. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: The Houston Astros celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in extra innings during game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Astros defeated the Dodgers 13-12. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 29: Jose Altuve #27 and Yuli Gurriel #10 of the Houston Astros celebrate after a two-run home run by Carlos Correa #1 (not pictured) during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Morrow worked his way out of the fifth-inning jam and recorded a scoreless inning on the night.

"To see Brandon respond the way he did, I'm not surprised and obviously very encouraged,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

“Every guy on our staff wants the baseball. And this is what they train for. This is what guys live for."

Right-hander Kenta Maeda chipped in a scoreless seventh inning to put his own shortcomings to rest while closer Kenley Jansen struck out three batters during two perfect final innings.

"This was not the time to hang our head. We have one goal in mind – to win a World Series,” said Jansen.

The Dodgers' bullpen has been a barometer of the team's fortunes against the explosive Astros.

In their three wins this series, Los Angeles has kept the Astros to just four total runs. In their three defeats, they have allowed a combined 25.

The relief unit had gone 28 straight innings without allowing a run before Houston broke the spell in a comeback victory in Game Two.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Fans wave towels during game two of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two-run home run during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros pitches during Game 2 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws his glove after he was unable to catch a ground rule double hit by Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros (not pictured) during the eighth inning in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Brian McCann #16 visits Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros on the mound during Game 2 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by LG Patterson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: A general view as Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch during the second inning against the Houston Astros in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches a Marwin Gonzalez #9 of the Houston Astros game-tying home run in the ninth inning during Game 2 of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Jose Altuve #27 and Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros celebrate after hitting solo home runs during the tenth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Logan Forsythe #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers scores a run on a RBI single hit by Enrique Hernandez #14 (not pictured) to tie the game 5-5 during the tenth inning against the Houston Astros in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros celebrates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the eleventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates in the 10th inning of Game 2 of the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros celebrates after hitting a two-run home run during the eleventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Charlie Culberson #37 of the Los Angeles Dodgers runs the bases after hitting a solo home run during the eleventh inning against the Houston Astros in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros runs the bases after hitting a solo home run during the tenth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Chris Devenski #47 of the Houston Astros celebrates after the final out of Game 2 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The Astros defeated the Dodgers 7-6 in 11 innings. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Oct 25, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros left fielder Marwin Gonzalez (9) and shortstop Carlos Correa (1) and center fielder George Springer (4) celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in eleven innings in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
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That shifted the tone of the series to an offensive showcase where the likes of Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer bashed and high-fived their way forward.

Back in Dodgers Stadium on Tuesday, with the air cooler and the baseballs grounded, Los Angeles put the series back on their terms, relieving home fans in the sell-out crowd of 54,000.

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