Dodgers top Astros in testy 2017 WS rematch

Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger stroked consecutive bases-loaded singles in the fifth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers claimed a 5-2 interleague victory over the host Houston Astros on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park in a contentious rematch of the 2017 World Series combatants.The Dodgers (3-2) sent 10 batters to the plate in their fifth-run fifth, chasing Astros left-hander Framber Valdez (0-1) and getting into an injury-ravaged Houston bullpen featuring nine rookies.Valdez had just 48 pitches on his ledger through four innings and had retired seven consecutive batters before Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager opened the fifth with a single to center field. AJ Pollock and Enrique Hernandez followed with hits to load the bases with no outs. Valdez retired Will Smith and ceded the mound to rookie reliever Enoli Paredes before the Dodgers pounced.Betts worked a four-pitch walk that forced home Seager and cut the deficit to 2-1 before Pollock scored on a fielder’s choice from Max Muncy that pulled the Dodgers even. Turner and Bellinger followed with their singles, lifting the Dodgers to a 4-2 lead and spelling the end for Paredes.Former Dodgers farmhand Andre Scrubb entered in relief for Houston, the sixth Astros pitcher to make his major league debut this season, and walked in a run before settling down. Scrubb worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings before giving way to another debuting rookie, Nivaldo Rodriguez.