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Dodgers Roll Rays in Game 1 Victory

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The 2020 Covidball Classic World Series opened on Tuesday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Clayton Kershaw took the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers against Tyler Glasnow of the Tampa Bay Rays seeking his first World Series championship of a storied MLB career.

Dodgers 8, Rays 3

Dodgers lead 1-0, best of 7

W: Kershaw; L: Glasnow

Kershaw posted a quality start against the Rays, who were unable to do any damage when he had trouble finding the plate in the 1st inning. The Dodgers lefty allowed just one run on two hits with eight strikeouts over 6.0 IP. Glasnow was unscathed over the first three innings, but LA broke through with a two-run bomb by NLCS Game 7 hero Cody Bellinger in the 4th inning.

The Dodgers then rallied for four runs in the 5th inning. Glasnow exited the game with two runners on base in the 5th and was ultimately responsible for six runs on three hits with six walks and eight strikeouts.

The Rays had a chance to climb back into the game in the 7th inning after driving in two runs on four consecutive hits, but Mike Zunino lined out directly to pitcher Víctor González, who turned a double play with a throw to second base to end the inning.

Bellinger and 2018 AL MVP* Mookie Betts homered for the Dodgers, while Kevin Kiermaier had a dinger for the Rays.

Game 2 starts Wednesday night at 8:08 PM ET (Fox/Rogers SportsNet). Blake Snell (4-2, 3.24 ERA) will take the ball for Tampa. The LA starter/opener is TBD.