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Dodgers eye fightback versus Astros in Game 3

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig waits to bat during baseball practice for Game 3 of the World Series, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Houston. The Dodgers are to play the Houston Astros, Friday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig waits to bat during baseball practice for Game 3 of the World Series, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Houston. The Dodgers are to play the Houston Astros, Friday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

HOUSTON (AFP) – Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts vowed resiliency after an emotional defeat while the Houston Astros try to carry over World Series momentum as baseball’s championship showdown shifts to Texas.

The Astros rallied from a three-run deficit for an 11-inning 7-6 road victory to level Major League Baseball’s best-of-seven final at 1-1 entering Thursday’s game three at Houston, where the Astros have yet to lose in the playoffs.

“We’re upbeat. And still focused,” Roberts said. “We knew that it was going to be a really great series. So focus is probably the word. It’s not down. It’s not disappointed. There’s definitely no feeling sorry for ourselves. I think it’s still a very focused group.”

Dodgers right-handed pitcher Yu Darvish will start against Houston right-hander Lance McCullers as both clubs try to put the tension-packed thriller behind them.

“It was an incredible game. It was just fun to be a part of,’’ said Astros third baseman Alex Bregman. ‘’It gave us a little bit of momentum and we’re happy to be home.’’

Astros manager A.J. Hinch will happily claim momentum after finally finding their batting touch against solid Dodgers’ pitching.

“We’re coming off one of the most epic baseball games in any of our careers, so that feels good. I think our guys are ready,’’ Hinch said.

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