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Los Angeles Dodgers defeat Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to clinch 7th World Series title

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Los Angeles Dodgers have powered over Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game 6 of the MLB World Series Final to win their seventh title after a wait of 32 long years since their last title victory, all the way back in 1988.

Los Angeles Dodgers end their three-decade spanning championship drought in Game 6

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Los Angeles Dodgers clinch the World Series title after 32 long years of patience. (Image Courtesy: Twitter/Dodgers)

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With Tuesday’s victory over Rays at the Globe Life Field, Los Angeles Dodgers concluded the World Series with four games to two, ending a trophy drought that spun over three decades since their last triumph with Kirk Gibson and it was a long wait since then for them.

“We’ve heard it a lot, and we’ve seen a lot of highlights, and it’s fantastic,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the night before the sixth game, “but we wanna make our own mark on Dodgers history.”

And just like that, the seven-time champions have etched history after winning the National League West consecutively for eight straight years.

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Tampa Bay Rays had taken the lead in the first inning. However, Dodgers made it 2-1 in the sixth inning thanks to a brilliant 3.2-second sprint from Mookie Betts, beating Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi and later made it 3-1 in the eighth. While Tony Gonsolin only managed to secure five outs, the Floro-Wood-Baez-Gonzalez quadro scalped the next 13 batters collectively.

“We’ve been through a lot as a team, especially the guys who have been here for as long,” Enrique Hernández, veteran Dodgers utility was quoted after the victory, “and the guys who have been here before me have been through even more.”

Dodgers’s dominant run this season was reaching its final conclusion with an 8-3 win over Rays in Game 1 on 21st October, although the Rays had tied the series twice in both the 2nd and 4th games. However, two back to back wins in both Game 5 and 6 sealed Dodgers to their glorious fate.

Justin Turner tests COVID positive mid-game

Justin Turner, the Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman walked out mid-game due to a positive COVID-19 test result, which is the first case in MLB in the past two months. However, the player later congratulated his team for the triumph on Twitter and also confirmed that he is asymptomatic.

“Thanks to everyone reaching out! I feel great, no symptoms at all. Just experienced every emotion you can possibly imagine. Can’t believe I couldn’t be out there to celebrate with my guys! So proud of this team & unbelievably happy for the City of LA #WorldSeriesChamps” Turner tweeted.

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