ARLINGTON, Texas – Kenley Jansen threw a cutter inside to Brett Phillips for a ball, then a cutter and a sinker for called strikes.
One strike to go, and the Los Angeles Dodgers would be one win from the World Series title that has eluded them since 1988.
The 33-year-old right-hander had faltered this year, lost velocity, but bounced back. He assured Dodgers fans, and so did manager Dave Roberts.
Kevin Kiermaier was on second after a one-out single and Randy Arozarena on first following a two-out walk.
Just one more strike to a hitter who figured to be overmatched.
After all, Phillips hadn't even been on Tampa Bay's AL Championship Series roster, had not gotten a hit since Sept. 25. He wasn't even with the Rays until an Aug. 27 trade from Kansas City.
Jansen threw a cutter to the left-handed batter, over the middle and knee high.
And the night came undone for Jansen and the Dodgers.