Amazing Betts helps Dodgers in many ways

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 22 Oct 2020

Los Angeles outfielder Mookie Betts put himself in rarefied company with a great performance in the Dodgers' 8-3 win over Tampa Bay in the opening game of the 116th baseball World Series.

He sparked the Dodgers' four-run fifth inning with a walk and two stolen bases, joining Babe Ruth as the only players in World Series history to record such an inning.

After walking to lead off the inning, Betts stole second base. Then, after Corey Seager walked, Betts reached third on a double steal, giving the Dodgers runners on second and third with one out.

Betts took an aggressive stance off the bag at third, and when teammate Max Muncy hit a ground ball to first Rays' first baseman Yandy Diaz could not get the ball to the plate in time to prevent Betts scoring on a head-first slide.

Betts added a lead-off homer in the bottom of the sixth joining Chase Utley as the only players with a homer and two stolen bases in a World Series game. And Betts is the only player in World Series history to hit a home run, steal two bases and drive in two runs in a single game.

"It's so fun to watch," said Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger, who broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer in the fourth. "He does all the little things right."

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw pitched magnificently, surrendering just two hits with eight strikeouts and one walk in six innings.

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