Los Angeles Dodgers defeat Rays for first World Series title since 1988

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By RADIO.COM

For the first time in 32 years, the Los Angeles Dodgers are World Series champions.

The Dodgers finished off the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 on Tuesday night rallying in the sixth inning en route to a 3-1 victory to capture their first championship since 1988.

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was named World Series MVP.

The Dodgers struggled at the plate most of the game as they faced a dominant Blake Snell, who struck out nine and allowed two hits over 5.1 innings.

But Rays manager Kevin Cash questionably pulled Snell from the game at 73 pitches after a one-out single by Austin Barnes in the sixth in favor of right-hander Nick Anderson.

Mookie Betts, who has been every bit as advertised in his first season with the Dodgers, laced a double into left field to set up second and third with Corey Seager up.

Anderson followed with a wild pitch allowing Barnes to score to tie the game and Betts to advance to third. Seager hit a soft chopper to first base with the infield in, but Betts was running contact and beat the throw home to score the go-ahead run.

Betts then added the cherry on top by crushing a leadoff home run in the eighth inning to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead.

Manager Dave Roberts opted for a bullpen game and used seven pitchers who combined to allow just one run on five hits and struck out 15 batters.

Tony Gonsolin allowed the lone run – a first-inning home run to Randy Arozarena, but the Rays scrapped just two hits the rest of the game after Gonsolin was pulled with two outs in the second inning.

Julio Urias pitched the final 2.1 innings and struck out five batters, getting Willy Adames to strikeout looking to end the game.

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