The Los Angeles Dodgers rejoice after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Sport Six to win the 2020 MLB World Collection at Globe Life Subject on October 27, 2020 in Arlington, Texas.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers introduced a curtain down on the shortest and strangest season of Main League Baseball — and within the course of on Tuesday evening, ended a three-decade-long franchise curse.

Los Angeles rallied to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-1, in Arlington, Texas, to finish the World Collection in six video games and hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy for the primary time since 1988.

Tampa Bay led, 1-0, going into the underside of the sixth behind dominant beginning pitcher Blake Snell. After Snell surrendered a one-out single, Rays supervisor Kevin Money pulled Snell in hopes that his steady of hard-throwing relief pitchers would protect the lead.

As a substitute, Dodgers star Mookie Betts greeted reliever Nick Anderson with a momentum-shifting double that sparked a two-run rally that put Los Angeles on high for good. Betts homered within the eighth inning so as to add a key insurance coverage run.

The Dodgers celebrated their title, not in St. Petersburg or Los Angeles, however within the Dallas suburbs and on the diamond of Globe Life Field, model new home of the Texas Rangers who’ve but to play a sport there.

This was the primary World Series completely contested on a neutral field as MLB took a page out of the NHL and NBA playbooks, and formed loose bubbles to restrict journey and potential publicity to the coronavirus that is raging throughout America.

The pandemic, which has killed more than 227,000 Americans, pressured MLB to shut down spring training in March, and no video games had been played until July 23.

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After months of acrimonious labor negotiations, MLB returned with a miniature 60-game common season, far wanting the 162 video games often performed, with no fans and under odd rules.

With Tuesday night’s win, the Brooklyn-born Dodgers have seven World Collection titles, the sixth most in baseball. They path solely the New York/San Francisco Giants with eight, the Boston Pink Sox and Philadelphia/Oakland A’s who each have 9, the St. Louis Cardinals with 11 and the New York Yankees with their 27 world titles.

And in a historic quirk, Los Angeles now owns World Collection titles from MLB’s two shortest seasons.

The Dodgers received the 1981 world championship, following an everyday season that misplaced a few third of all video games to a players’ strike. MLB divided the 1981 campaign into two halves, assigning playoff spots to half-season division winners.

That unconventional format led to the Cincinnati Reds, with baseball’s best 61.1-percent victory rate, being not noted of the playoffs. The St. Louis Cardinals, who received 57.8 p.c of their video games and had been the second finest staff within the N.L., additionally fell by means of the playoff cracks.

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