He improved to 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four postseason starts that include the win over Atlanta in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series last weekend.
Fresh off a thrilling end to Saturday's Game 4 of the World Series, Rays left fielder Manuel Margot decided to make things even more chaotic in Game 5. He struck out four of the first five batters he faced.
He gave way to Victor Gonzalez, who issued a walk upon entering the game.
Phillips did his job with a looping single to right, and from there, anarchy ensued.
"Obviously it's something that I don't think I ever thought about, or ever crossed my mind, but something's pretty cool that I can talk about when we're done playing. finish this off and win two more games", he said.
"Man, baseball is fun", Phillips offered succinctly. Hello kitchen sink. It would end with a hit by a guy (Phillips) who had not had a hit since September 25 and a ball misplayed in center by a guy (Chris Taylor) who had not played that position since September 12.
"It was like an (imperfect) storm", said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
A year ago he only participated in 75 games with the Dodgers, who even sent him to Triple-A to try to make him better on offense with more at-bats.
Facing Dustin May, he took a curveball from the Dodgers' righty to the opposite field for a two-run blast to make it 5-0 and Tampa Bay held on after a late Los Angeles rally off of the Rays' bullpen. That was the last time the Dodgers blew a ninth-inning lead - before Saturday night. "It was a tough battle".
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The Rays never got another runner past second base as L.A.'s bullpen gave reliever-reliant Tampa Bay a taste of its own medicine. And the expanded postseason, with 16 teams making it instead of 10, nearly went the full distance.
Game 5 will take place Sunday.
A Dallas native pitching near his offseason home, Kershaw shut down the Rays on two runs and five hits with six strikeouts and two walks. John Curtiss (1-0) earned the win in relief.
"It certainly sounds like there's 40,000 people in there", manager Kevin Cash said.
After Game 3 on Friday and again before Game 4 on Saturday, Cash stressed the need for the Rays to score early. Los Angeles wasted no time battling back as Seager singled and Turner doubled to start the seventh.
Barnes perfectly executed a suicide touch to produce a run on Mookie Betts' spikes in the fourth inning and then in the sixth, homered to finish sentencing the victory of his Dodgers.
According to MLB Communications, Buehler is the first pitcher in World Series history to record double-digit strikeouts in no more than six innings pitched.
His seven homers overall at Globe Life are the most by any player, surpassing the top two Rangers, Rougned Odor (six) and Joey Gallo (five). His eight long balls have made a big impression - tying him with Barry Bonds, Carlos Beltran and Nelson Cruz for the record for most home runs in a postseason.
The hit by Arozarena was his 27th of the playoffs to surpass Pablo Sandoval's single postseason record set in 2014.
The Rays will try to slow down LA's offense by throwing Ryan Yarbrough in Game 4. Urias went five innings, giving up one run on three hits and striking out five.
The play squashed a Tampa Bay rally and helped the Dodgers stay ahead in the ball game.