Dodgers beat Rays, grab World Series lead

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Justin Turner hit his 11th postseason homer as the LA Dodgers beat Tampa Bay in the World Series.
Camera IconJustin Turner hit his 11th postseason homer as the LA Dodgers beat Tampa Bay in the World Series.

Walker Buehler fired his way to World Series strikeout history, Justin Turner blasted himself into Dodgers homer history, and Los Angeles took a two-games-to-one lead over Tampa Bay in the World Series.

Turner and Austin Barnes homered and right-hand pitcher Buehler struck out 10 in six innings as the Dodgers notched a 6-2 victory over the Rays in Game Three in Arlington, Texas.

"The playoffs are just different," Buehler said.

"I feel like I've failed in these moments, but I've taken the failures and I've tried to learn from them.

"I felt good out there and my team gave me a cushion early. You can't ask for more than that."

Turner's blast was his 11th postseason homer with the Dodgers, tying the franchise record held by Hall of Famer Duke Snider.

"It doesn't mean a whole lot until we finish this thing off and win two more games," Turner said of matching the record.

Friday's game was Turner's 69th playoff game in seven seasons with the club, while Snider played in 36 postseason games, all in the World Series, during his 16 years (1947-62) with the Dodgers.

"The bottom line is we have really good players and they're executing," LA manager Dave Roberts said.

Tampa Bay's Randy Arozarena clubbed his eighth homer of the playoffs in the ninth inning to match the all-time record for a single postseason.

Barry Bonds (2002), Carlos Beltran (2004) and Nelson Cruz (2011) also hit eight in a postseason.

Game 4 in the best-of-seven series is Saturday night.

The World Series comes at the end of a truncated, 60-game regular season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is being played entirely at the new Globe Life Field in Texas with a limited number of fans in attendance.

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