LOS ANGELES (AP) - Clayton Kershaw struck out 11, the most by a pitcher in a World Series opener since 1968, Chris Taylor and Justin Turner homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Houston Astros 3-1 Tuesday night.
With the Dodgers in the World Series for the first time since 1988, Taylor homered on the first pitch of the game by Dallas Keuchel.
Alex Bregman homered leading off the fourth against Kershaw, who allowed three hits and walked none in seven innings. Turner followed Taylor's two-out walk in the sixth with a two-run homer.
Brandon Morrow and Kenley Jansen followed Kershaw with a perfect inning each. Jansen earned the save.
Rich Hill starts for the Dodgers in Game 2 on Wednesday night and Justin Verlander for the Astros.
Kershaw has done his best to silence critics who say he can’t deliver in the postseason.
In his first World Series appearance, he pitched seven strong innings and allowed one run on three hits– a solo homer by Astros third baseman Alex Bregman – while striking out 11. He won for the third time in four starts this postseason.
In his first World Series game, Turner also came up big. The co-MVP of the NL Championship Series, Turner drove in two more runs, giving him a franchise record 14 this postseason.
Two RBI gives him 26 in his career, tying him with Duke Snider for the most in Dodgers postseason history.