Cox grad and former Tide power Dodgers to game one win over Astros

Los Angeles Dodgers' Chris Taylor is congratulated by Justin Turner after hitting a home run during the first inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

LOS ANGELES (WAVY/AP) – Clayton Kershaw struck out 11, the most by a pitcher in a World Series opener since 1968. Behind the plate, Virginia Beach’s Chris Taylor, a graduate of Cox High School,  and former Norfolk Tides Justin Turner both homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Houston Astros 3-1 Tuesday night.

With the Dodgers in the World Series for the first time since 1988, Taylor homered on the first pitch of the game by Dallas Keuchel.

Alex Bregman homered leading off the fourth against Kershaw, who allowed three hits and walked none in seven innings. Turner followed Taylor’s two-out walk in the sixth with a two-run homer.

Brandon Morrow and Kenley Jansen followed Kershaw with a perfect inning each. Jansen earned the save.

Rich Hill starts for the Dodgers in Game 2 on Wednesday night and Justin Verlander for the Astros.