The Houston Astros clinched the NL West with a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, snapping a three-game losing streak to the Dodgers.
It was the first time the Astros have won three straight against the Dodgers since 2008.
The win was the Astros’ fifth in the last six games.
The Dodgers were coming off a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies, which ended their streak of eight consecutive losses.
They had lost nine straight at Dodger Stadium.
The Astros (53-23) beat the Dodgers (49-36) for the second straight time.
It’s the fourth straight season that the Astros are unbeaten in the series.
The team is also undefeated at home.
It marked the first meeting between the Astros and Dodgers since the Astros defeated the Dodgers in Los Angeles in 2011.
The teams played three times last season, including a 5 1/2-inning game in Houston.
The game was the final game at Dodgertown Stadium before the Astros were sent to the road to face the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.
The last time the teams played was in the World Series in 2011, when the Astros won the Series.
The first game was a 3 1/4-inning contest between the two teams.
Houston was the aggressor in the first inning.
It loaded the bases with one out in the third inning and took a 3, 5 and 6-run lead before Los Angeles scored four runs in the fifth.
After a walk and a sacrifice fly by Carlos Correa, Correa drove in the winning run.
Houston’s Yuli Gurriel drove in three runs in his first at-bat.
The Angels led 3-0 after four innings.
They added two more runs in extra innings.
The winning run came on a wild pitch from Corey Seager, who had a double.
It capped a six-run second inning by Gurriel.
The two teams had played each other 10 times in the majors.
The only time they played each another in the postseason was in 2002.
Los Angeles went on to win the Series that season.
This is the first matchup between the teams since the Dodgers swept the Astros in the 2010 World Series.
Houston also clinched a berth in the NLDS with a 4-1 victory over Texas on Tuesday night.
The Game 3 win gives the Astros their second straight victory in a World Series game, joining a 3 3/4 series win against the Braves in 1997.
Los Angels won Game 2 on Saturday, winning for the first three-straight times in a series.
Houston is 2-1 against Los Angeles.
The series starts Tuesday at Dodgy Stadium in Glendale, California.
The AL West race is wide open after the Royals beat the Angels 4-3 on Wednesday night.
In the NL, the Dodgers are 4-0, the Astros 1-1 and the Royals 0-1.
The ALCS begins Tuesday with the San Francisco Giants facing the Colorado Cubs in Game 1.