The Atlanta Braves signed right-handed pitcher and free agent Charlie Morton following his exploits during the Tampa Bay Rays' run to the MLB World Series.

Morton returns to the Braves on a one-year, $15million deal, having been drafted by Atlanta in 2002, while he debuted in 2008 before leaving the following year.

The two-time All-Star played a key role as Tampa Bay reached the World Series for the first time in 12 years in the shortened season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Tampa Bay turned down a $15m club option as Morton opted to reunite with the Braves, who fell to eventual champions the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series (NLCS).

A World Series winner with the Houston Astros in 2017, Morton tallied 42 strikeouts and an ERA of 4.74 in nine regular-season appearances in 2020.

The 37-year-old stepped up in the playoffs, with 23 strikeouts and a 2.70 ERA in four games, while he had a 3-1 win-loss record.

Morton also became the only pitcher in MLB history with four winner-take-all victories after pitching 5.2 scoreless innings as the Rays prevailed in the American League Championship Series (ALCS).

"We saw him trending back to where he was in 2019," Braves president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos said. "In September and into the postseason, his stuff was back to where it was in 2019."

After debuting for the Braves 12 years ago, Morton was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009 and he spent seven seasons at the NL franchise.

A brief spell with the Philadelphia Phillies followed before moving to the Astros and then the Rays in 2019.

Tampa Bay Rays boss Kevin Cash was named American League (AL) Manager of the Year for 2020, while Miami Marlins counterpart Don Mattingly reeled in National League (NL) honours.

Cash was crowned the AL's best after leading the Rays to their first division title since 2010 and first MLB World Series appearance in 12 years.

An AL Manager of the Year finalist in 2018 and 2019, Cash received 22 of the 30 first-place American League votes for 126 points, ahead of the Chicago White Sox's Rick Renteria (61) and Toronto Blue Jays skipper Charlie Montoyo (47).

"When I think about this award, it feels like a team award," Cash, whose Rays fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the showpiece clash, said. "I feel like it's an organisational award, because it's really your staff and your players have to buy in.

"We've taken our lumps for a couple years, and it looks like we're starting to turn the corner a little bit."

"I do think it's an organisational award," Cash, who became the second Rays skipper to win the award, joining Joe Maddon (2008 and 2011), continued. "But it certainly means a lot to me personally.

"When you look at these awards, there's only two that are given out every year, and to be recognised as one of the better ones on that given season means that a lot of things went your way."

In the NL, Mattingly and the Marlins capped a remarkable season with a managerial gong.

Mattingly received 20 of the 30 first-place votes after guiding the Marlins to their first playoff appearance in 17 years, despite a coronavirus outbreak that threatened to derail their campaign.

He became the third Marlins manager to receive the honour, along with Jack McKeon (2003) and Joe Girardi (2006), following Miami's run to the NL Division Series.

Mattingly is also the fifth individual to claim both the MVP Award and Manager of the Year title, joining Don Baylor, Frank Robinson, Kirk Gibson and Joe Torre.

"As I look back to the season, I think about all the people that paid the price for this," Mattingly, who beat Jayce Tingler of the San Diego Padres to the award, said.

"It starts at home with my wife and my little five-year-old. I didn’t see 'em for 110 days."

Los Angeles Dodgers star Justin Turner will not face punishment for leaving isolation to celebrate his team's World Series victory last month, despite testing positive for coronavirus.

The Dodgers were on the verge of winning the MLB World Series in Game 6 when third baseman Turner was removed from the game in the eighth inning due to the team receiving word that he had returned a positive COVID-19 test in October.

Turner was placed in a room with his wife Kourtney, where the couple watched Los Angeles clinch a 3-1 win and 4-2 series victory over the Tampa Bay Rays – the Dodgers' first World Series title since 1988.

During the celebration, Turner was seen on the field in close contact with team-mates, sometimes with his mask removed.

The MLB announced the end of its investigation into Turner's conduct on Friday, with commissioner Rob Manfred saying no further action would be taken.

"We all have made mistakes as we navigated these unprecedented challenges and have tried to learn from those mistakes so they are not repeated," Manfred said in a statement.

"With this in mind, I am closing this matter by applauding Justin for accepting responsibility, apologising and making a commitment to set a positive example going forward."

Despite Turner's behaviour – which he has since admitted was wrong and regrettable – MLB did take some responsibility and acknowledge other mitigating factors.

"Our investigation revealed additional relevant information that, while not exonerating Mr. Turner from responsibility for his conduct, helps put into context why he chose to leave the isolation room and return to the field," Manfred said.

Two Dodgers employees were stationed outside Turner's isolation room. When the 2017 All-Star left to return to the field to celebrate, he mistook the employees' inaction for permission.

Manfred conceded in his statement that a league employee should have been given explicit instructions to keep Turner in isolation or take him directly to the team hotel.

Many of Turner's team-mates thought they had already been exposed enough to him in the previous hours and days that isolation was pointless. Turner was also told by an unidentified person that some of his team-mates had also received positive COVID-19 tests, leading him to believe he was being singled out.

Due to this confusion – and Turner's contrition after the fact – Manfred decided not to punish the 12-year veteran.

"Mr. Turner has publicly recognised that his conduct was wrong and has expressed remorse for that conduct," Manfred said. "I have spoken to him personally and I know that he is extraordinarily upset by the incident.

"By all accounts, Justin is a leader in the clubhouse, a contributor to his community and a responsible person who was instrumental in the Dodgers diligently following the health protocols all season long."

Turner, a member of both Dodgers' teams that lost in the World Series in 2017 and 2018, was a candidate for World Series MVP, ultimately won by Corey Seager.

The 2017 National League Championship Series (NLCS) hit .320 with two home runs and four doubles in the World Series and is the franchise's career postseason leader in hits, runs, doubles, home runs and RBI.

"In hindsight, I should have waited until the field was clear of others to take that photo with my wife," Turner said. "I sincerely apologise to everyone on the field for failing to appreciate the risks of returning to the field.

"I have spoken with almost every team-mate, coach, and staff member, and my intentions were never to make anyone uncomfortable or put anyone at further risk."

In a year where very little has gone as expected, it is perhaps fitting that a backfired strategy contributed to the end of the Tampa Bay Rays' otherwise remarkable 2020 season.

With one highly controversial – and very questionable – managerial manoeuvre, Kevin Cash became a strong contender for Public Enemy No. 1, with his ill-fated decision to remove ace Blake Snell after 73 pitches and 5 1/3 virtually spotless innings in Game 6 of the World Series drawing the ire of the Twitterverse. 

Everyone knows the outcome by now – a 1-0 Tampa Bay lead turned into a 2-1 deficit two batters into replacement Nick Anderson's stint, and the Los Angeles Dodgers would end the night celebrating their first championship in 32 years.

As unfathomable and unpopular as Cash's move was, the numbers – for the most part – do support it. Snell was as dominant as any pitcher during the truncated 2020 season in his first 50 pitches of a start, limiting hitters to a miniscule .149 average and a .498 OPS.

He was considerably less effective in pitches 51-75 and struggled substantially beyond that threshold, as opponents batted .321 with an .892 OPS off the left-hander after the 75-pitch mark.

The reality is that Cash has been consistently – and successfully – employing the very same tactic with Snell not only for this season, but for the past three.

Only 11.3 percent of Snell's batters faced in 2020 came during the third time through the lineup, the exact point when he was lifted in Game 6. That's the lowest percentage of any pitcher with at least 50 innings pitched this season.

Going back to his brilliant 2018 AL Cy Young Award campaign, only three pitchers with at least 300 innings faced a smaller percentage of batters during the third time in the order.

Lowest Pct. of Batters Faced – 3rd Time Through Lineup vs. Total Batters Faced Since 2018 (min, 300 IP)

Chase Anderson 13.0

Ryan Yarbrough 16.3

Wade LeBlanc 17.3

Blake Snell 17.7

So, was it the right move? The answer is no, only because it didn't work out. But no eyebrows were raised when Cash did the exact same thing in Game 1 of the Rays' opening round playoff series with Toronto, when Snell was yanked after 83 pitches with Tampa Bay holding a 1-0 lead with two outs in the sixth inning. The Rays went on to win 3-1.

The real takeaways from the series were twofold. First off, the Dodgers, with their parade of All-Stars past and present and cavernous financial advantages over the bargain-shopping Rays, were simply the better team like they were during the regular season, where their +136 run differential towered over the rest of baseball (in contrast, the Rays tied for the AL lead with a +60 differential). Secondly, the Rays didn't win in large part because they didn't hit.

The performance of overnight sensation Randy Arozarena notwithstanding, Tampa Bay's run production was abysmal for the majority of the six games as an offense that succeeded with patience and resourcefulness during the regular season morphed into a free-swinging, home run-dependent unit.

Rays hitters struck out in an astronomical 33.2 per cent of their plate appearances, the highest rate in World Series history, and reached base just 26.5 per cent of the time. Of Tampa Bay's 23 runs scored for the series, 13 came via the home run (56.5 per cent).

The Rays were the 37th team in World Series history with an on-base percentage of .265 or lower. Only six of those clubs wound up with the title, and three of them (the 1911 A's, 1939 Yankees, 1983 Orioles) had a higher OBP than their opponent.

Reliance on the long ball also hasn't historically been a recipe for World Series success, as only nine of 28 teams with over 50 per cent of their runs scored coming from homers went on to win a Fall Classic.

Tampa Bay were not that way during the regular season, as their .737 winning percentage (14-5) in games in which they failed to homer was by far the best in the majors. The Rays often offset that lack of big power by drawing walks, a part of their game that was too often non-existent against the Dodgers.

Tampa hitters induced free passes on 10.7 per cent of their plate appearances in the regular season, the fourth-highest rate in the majors. In the four games they lost in the World Series, the Rays walked a mere seven times in 132 appearances (5.3 per cent).

Now, the Rays were hardly an offensive juggernaut during the regular season, as they led the majors in strikeouts and ranked in the bottom third in batting average with runners in scoring position.

Tampa Bay were still able to produce the AL's best record due in large part to their terrific implementation of Cash's analytics-based strategy of "run prevention", utilising their deep pitching and strong defense to permit the fourth-fewest runs in the majors.

Those offensive shortcomings weren't exposed during the Rays' run to the World Series, mainly because their three earlier opponents (Blue Jays, Yankees, Astros) weren't good enough to do so (none of those teams finished higher than 12th in the majors in runs allowed).

The Dodgers, who yielded the second-fewest runs, were a far greater challenge, and that superiority in overall depth and talent ultimately proved to be too difficult an obstacle to overcome.

In essence, the Rays needed to be close to perfect to take the series. In Game 6, they simply weren't.

Justin Turner deserved the opportunity to celebrate the Los Angeles Dodgers' World Series success despite contracting coronavirus, according to the team's president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.

Third baseman Turner was pulled from Tuesday's Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays to start the eighth inning.

It was later revealed the 2017 NLCS MVP had tested positive for COVID-19, with the result only returned after the game had started.

The Dodgers sealed a 3-1 win in Turner's absence, but the 35-year-old returned to the field to join his team-mates in celebrating their first World Series championship since 1988.

Friedman suggested Turner should be allowed to take to the field in a mask, yet the player - now a free agent - was pictured among his Dodgers team-mates without his face covered.

Images also showed Friedman sat next to Turner with neither wearing a mask, although the LA president later insisted he was "definitely wearing a mask" but recognised "if there were people around him without masks, that's not good optics at all".

"I get the questions, but a lot of this will be for another day," Friedman told reporters, with the majority of questions in his news conference focused on Turner.

"Post-game, I think having a mask on and staying socially distanced, he wanted to come out and take a picture with the trophy. I can't state strongly enough how big a role he's played in the success of this organisation.

"For him, being a free agent, not knowing how the future's going to play out, I don't think there was anyone that was going to stop him from going out.

"At least from my perspective - not watching it super closely with everything that was going on - I think he was mindful of other people, especially other people he hadn't already been in contact with.

"This is something we're going to wrap our arms around tonight, then in the morning figure out where we're going from here."

Pushed on the pictures without masks, Friedman suggested Turner had already made contact with those he was socialising with.

"I think the people that were on the field were people he had been around," he said.

"From his standpoint, having the chance to take a picture with the trophy was incredibly important and meaningful from him.

"From our standpoint, the contact tracing and working out who's been around him and the test results are incredibly important from this point moving forward."

Asked if the team would now have to quarantine, he added: "Not sure yet. We're going back [to the hotel] tonight. We're going to all take tests, figure out what the results are from that and go from there."

Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash regretted pulling Blake Snell out of Game 6 of the World Series, a decision the pitcher thinks will require plenty of time to get his head around.

Cash controversially took out Snell after 73 pitches following a single by Austin Barnes at the bottom of the sixth inning, with the game quickly turning in the favour of the Los Angeles Dodgers as they went on to seal the championship series 4-2 with a 3-1 win.

Snell conceded two hits and one run with nine strikeouts through 5.1 innings, making him the only pitcher to have two World Series games with at least nine strikeouts and two or fewer hits allowed.

But a wild pitch from his replacement Nick Anderson allowed Austin Barnes and Mookie Betts to score in the sixth, leaving Cash to rue his decision.

"Yes, I guess I regret it because it didn't work out, but I feel like the thought process was right," said Cash.

"If we had to do it over again, I would have the utmost confidence in Nick Anderson to get through that inning.

"The only motive was that the lineup the Dodgers feature is as potent as any in the league. Personally, I felt Blake had done his job and then some. I totally respect and understand the questions that come with it.

"Blake gave us every opportunity to win. He was outstanding. They're not easy decisions. I felt it was best after Barnes hit the single, I didn't want Mookie or [Corey] Seager seeing Blake a third time.

"Everything we try to do, we're trying to put our team in the best position to win. And that's the reason I made the decision. And I totally understand and respect any opinion off of that.

"Blake could not have been better tonight... he put it all together for us in a big way."

Snell struggled to comprehend the decision but insisted he would not question what prompted Cash to make the call.

"I'm definitely disappointed, upset. I wanted the ball. I felt good and I felt I did everything I could to prove my case to stay out there. Then for us to lose, it sucks. I want to win and I want to win the World Series, and for us to lose, it just sucks," said Snell.

"I'm not gonna question him. He's a hell of a manager so I'm not gonna question him. I'll voice my opinion and I'll look forward to the offseason we have to get ready and I will be the best that I can be for next year.

"I get it's the third time through the lineup but I think I'm gonna make the adjustments I need to as I see them a third time. I just believe in myself. I believe in what I was doing.

"For most of that game I was dominating every outcome possible, and that lineup is so talented. I wanted to keep going. I felt so confident in how I adjusted a second time and what I was gonna be able to do a third time. I wanted to go that whole game.

"The hardest thing for me is I was rolling. I was in a groove. I just really felt dominant. I felt like I had them guessing. It's just tough for me. It's going to be tough for me for a while to accept that and accept losing the World Series."

Clayton Kershaw revelled in the Los Angeles Dodgers' drought-ending triumph after celebrating his first World Series championship.

The Dodgers clinched their first World Series since 1988 via Tuesday's 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 in Arlington, Texas.

Mookie Betts' eighth-inning homer helped end the Dodgers' 32-year wait for MLB glory following unsuccessful trips to the World Series in 2017 and 2018.

Kershaw had won almost everything heading into the 2020 showpiece – the future Hall of Famer boasting eight All-Star appearances, three National League (NL) Cy Young titles, NL MVP, Gold Glove and Triple Crown honours.

A World Series ring was the only thing missing until Tuesday and the 32-year-old pitcher, who set the record for most strikeouts in postseason history, told FOX: "I feel pretty good, man. It's hard to describe. You know, you work so hard.

"We've been to the postseason - I've been to the postseason, and I've lost every single year. ... And now, to look up, I wish it was Dodger Stadium but it feels like it right now with all these Dodger fans around. To get to see how happy these fans are, they've been waiting a long time, too.

"I just have a lot of emotions right now and it's just a special feeling, man. World Series champs, they can't take that away."

"I've been saying, 'World Series Champs' in my head, over and over again, just to see if it will sink in," Kershaw said. "I'm just so very thankful to be a part of this group of guys, and so very thankful that we get to be on the team that is bringing back a World Series to the Dodgers fans after 32 years.

"They've waited a long time, and to get to do that ... you couldn't ask for anything more, it's incredible."

Much had been said about Kershaw's ability to deliver in the playoffs, but he extinguished any doubt after going 4-1 this postseason with a 2.93 ERA in 30.2 innings.

Kershaw, who became just the third starting pitcher to earn two wins and strike out at least one-third of the batters he faced in a World Series, added: "I don't care about legacy. I don't care about last year.

"Those other years are done with. We won. Who cares about all that other stuff? It's all pointless. It doesn't matter. We won."

The Dodgers used a two-run sixth inning to rally past the Rays – Mookie Betts proving his worth with a homer in the eighth – after Tampa Bay's Randy Arozarena homered in the opening inning.

The Dodgers took control after Blake Snell's exit – a wild pitch from Nick Anderson allowing Austin Barnes and Betts to score in the sixth.

Betts – a high-profile arrival at the start of the season – homered in the Boston Red Sox's World Series-sealing win in 2018, and did the same against the Rays for the Dodgers, becoming the second player in MLB history to homer in a World Series-clinching victory for two different teams.

After the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA title on October 11, Los Angeles is the first city in MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL history to win two championships in the same calendar month, per Stats Perform.

"These guys have been in the postseason so many times," Betts told FOX. "I just came to be a part of it, and I'm just happy I could contribute."

"It felt amazing," Betts said on his home run. "We're up 2-1 right there, we need to scratch across another run, so they’re not one swing of the bat away."

Los Angeles Dodgers star Corey Seager capped a memorable postseason by earning World Series MVP honours.

Seager helped the Dodgers to their first championship in 32 years following Tuesday's 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 amid the coronavirus pandemic and a shortened season.

After being crowned National League Championship Series (NLCS) MVP, Seager batted .400/.556/.700 with two home runs and five RBIs while drawing six walks as the Dodgers sealed a 4-2 series victory in the World Series.

Seager became the eighth player in MLB history to win MVP honours in both the NLCS and World Series in the same year, while the two-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger is the sixth shortstop to be named the World Series MVP and first since Edgar Renteria in 2010.

"Man, this was just awesome," Seager said. "What this team has accomplished this year, throughout the regular season, grinding through every series, we got down 3-1, came all the way back.

"The resilience, the effort, the energy -- everything that this team has done this year, it's just been fun to be a part of."

Seager ended the postseason with eight homers, two short of the MLB record for a single playoff campaign set by Rays star Randy Arozarena this year.

The 26-year-old Seager also had 20 RBIs and 20 runs scored for the Dodgers, who ended the regular season with the best record in baseball.

After the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA title on October 11, Los Angeles is the first city in MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL history to win two championships in the same calendar month, per Stats Perform.

The triumph secured a seventh World Series for the Dodgers – who suffered back-to-back championship defeats in 2017 and 2018 – and sixth since relocating to Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Dodgers claimed their first World Series title in 32 years after overcoming the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game 6.

Not since 1988 had the Dodgers celebrated a world championship, despite back-to-back trips to MLB's showpiece in 2017 and 2018.

But the Dodgers ended their drought after clinching a 4-2 series success against the Rays amid the coronavirus pandemic and a shortened season on Tuesday.

The Dodgers used a two-run sixth inning to rally past the Rays – Mookie Betts proving his worth with a homer in the eighth.

Betts – a high-profile arrival at the start of the season – homered in the Boston Red Sox's World Series-sealing win in 2018, and did the same against the Rays for the Dodgers, becoming the second player in MLB history to homer in a World Series-clinching victory for two different teams.

After the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA title on October 11, Los Angeles is the first city in MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL history to win two championships in the same calendar month, per Stats Perform.

The Rays – back in the World Series for the first time since 2008 and eyeing their maiden championship – made the perfect start in Arlington, where Randy Arozarena extended his MLB postseason record.

Arozarena homered off Tony Gonsolin in the opening inning, his 10th home run in the playoffs – the most in a single postseason.

With his three-plus homers in the American League (AL) Division Series, AL Championship Series and World Series, Arozarena tied the record for most postseason series with three-plus homers in an entire career with three. He matched Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Carlos Beltran and Jose Altuve.

Rays ace Blake Snell had been almost flawless before he was controversially dragged by Tampa Bay after giving up a hit.

Through 5.1 innings, Snell – the only pitcher to have two games in his World Series career with nine-plus strikeouts and two or fewer hits allowed – had conceded two hits and one run, with nine strikeouts to keep the Dodgers at bay.

The Dodgers took control after Snell's exit – a wild pitch from Nick Anderson allowing Austin Barnes and Betts to score in the sixth.

Betts added the insurance run in the eighth before Julio Urias struck out the remaining three batters to join Madison Bumgarner (2014) as the only pitchers to have four wins and a save in a single postseason.

The Los Angeles Dodgers ended their MLB championship drought, claiming a first World Series since 1988 after topping the Tampa Bay Rays in six games.

Clayton Kershaw was delighted to play his part as the Los Angeles Dodgers moved to within a win of glory, delivering another twist in a see-saw 2020 World Series.

The Tampa Bay Rays had evened things up at 2-2 on Sunday in dramatic fashion, turning around a 7-6 deficit in the bottom of the ninth inning as they capitalised on a fielding error to triumph.

However, the Dodgers showed no signs of any hangover in Game 5, quickly claiming a three-run lead that laid the foundations for an eventual 4-2 triumph.

Starting pitcher Kershaw gave up the two runs through 5.2 innings of work before being replaced by Dustin May in a planned move that did not go down well with the Dodgers fans inside Globe Life Field.

The 32-year-old has had his struggles in previous postseasons but is now 2-0 against the Rays, having also recorded a win in Game 1.

"It feels pretty good," Kershaw said. "Anytime you can have success in the postseason, it just means so much. That is what you work for, that is what you play for this month.

"I know what the other end of that feels like too. I will definitely take it when I can get it."

There were some boos when Kershaw came out of the game, having quickly registered two outs in the sixth inning, though the decision from manager Dave Roberts paid off as May struck out Manuel Margot.

"I thought he pitched a heck of a game," Roberts said of Kershaw, whose six strikeouts saw him surpass Justin Verlander for the most in postseason history.

"To go out there and get two more hitters [in the sixth], we felt that that would be good enough. At that point in time, once he did that, I thought it was time to take the baseball. And I think he felt good."

The Dodgers are once again ahead in the series and stand on the brink of the franchise's first World Series triumph since 1988, which they can seal by winning Game 6 on Tuesday.

"The off day is going to be hard tomorrow," Kershaw said. "It's going be good for us, resetting our bullpen, which is good.

"But sitting around, one win away from a World Series, is going to be hard, especially when you've been in the same hotel for four weeks now."

Manuel Margot insisted it was entirely his decision to attempt to steal home in the Tampa Bay Rays' loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Dodgers moved into a 3-2 World Series lead on Sunday after recording a 4-2 victory at Globe Life Field, putting them within a win of a first title since 1988.

With the Rays trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Margot attempted to steal home, but Clayton Kershaw delivered a throw to catcher Austin Barnes just in time.

Margot, who went two-for-three in Game 5, accepted he had made the call to attempt to steal home.

"It was my decision, it was 100 per cent my decision, I thought it was a good idea at the time," he told reporters via a translator.

"I thought I had a pretty good chance of potentially being safe but definitely my decision to make that attempt."

Margot added: "From the first pitch to KK [Kevin Kiermaier], I knew they weren't really paying too much attention to me.

"I thought I had a chance and I knew that third baseman was pretty far away so I knew I had some room.

"I've never tried it before and I was just trying to score the run but it didn't turn out that way."

Game 6 of the World Series between the Dodgers and Rays is on Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are a win away from a first World Series title since 1988 after a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Clayton Kershaw delivered a fine start as the Dodgers moved into a 3-2 series lead on Sunday, a day after an incredible walk-off loss at Globe Life Field.

The Dodgers star pitched 5.2 innings, striking out six and giving up five hits and two runs.

Kershaw also surpassed Justin Verlander for the most strikeouts in the postseason in MLB history.

The Dodgers made another fast start in Game 5 as Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger hit RBI singles in the first inning.

The in-form Seager was the first Dodgers player all-time to record a hit in five straight at-bats in a World Series, as per Stats Perform.

Joc Pederson's home run stretched the lead before the Rays responded in the third inning through Yandy Diaz and Randy Arozarena.

Arozarena became the first rookie with an RBI in three straight World Series games since Gil McDougald managed it for the New York Yankees in 1951.

He also set a record for the most hits in a single postseason with 27.

The Rays went close to levelling the game in the fourth inning, but Manuel Margot was sensationally caught trying to steal home.

Max Muncy's solo shot in the fifth proved to be the last of the scoring as the Dodgers, unlike Saturday, closed out a win.

Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow got through five innings, striking out seven but giving up six hits and four runs.

The Dodgers can seal the series with a win in Game 6 on Tuesday.

Clayton Kershaw set an MLB postseason record in the Los Angeles Dodgers' clash against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Kershaw surpassed Justin Verlander for the most strikeouts in postseason history during Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday.

The Dodgers star reached 207 – eclipsing Verlander's mark of 205.

Kershaw pitched 5.2 innings, striking out six while giving up five hits and two runs.

With the World Series locked at 2-2, the Dodgers held a 4-2 lead over the Rays through six innings in Game 5.

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