Dodgers relievers finally step up to the plate

Reuters - The 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.

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 worked his way out of the jam and recorded a scoreless inning on the night.

?Every guy on our staff wants the baseball. And this is what they train for. This is what guys live for.? said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

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

In their three wins this series, LA has kept Houston 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.