ARLINGTON, Tex. — By this point in the strange and surreal 2020 MLB postseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers could give a credible guided tour of Globe Life Field, so intimately do they know its nooks, crannies, amenities and tendencies. You could even put them in their road grays, as they wore for Game 3 of the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night, and they will feel completely at home in a building that is starting to feel more like Dodger Stadium East.

In these odd days of neutral-site playoffs and quarantine bubbles, the Dodgers played their 13th game in 17 days in this spanking-new ballpark in the suburbs of Dallas, and like eight of the previous 12, this one ended in a victory. In a thorough and unexpectedly easy 6-2 win, they ambushed Rays starter Charlie Morton, collected home runs from Justin Turner and Austin Barnes and rode young ace Walker Buehler for six dazzling innings.

The Dodgers lead the best-of-seven series, two games to one, with Game 4 on Saturday night.

Through three games, the overarching characteristic of this World Series has been its utter lack of drama: All three games have seen one team open up a five-run lead by the fifth inning, and there have been no lead changes. Only once, in the eighth inning of Game 2, has the trailing team brought the potential tying run to the plate after the sixth.

The Texas Rangers moved into this building — price tag: $1.2 billion — at the start of this season and played 30 games here, hitting a total of 27 homers in those games. The stadium quickly gained a reputation as a place where homers go to die.

The Dodgers, though, have exploded that notion. They have played 16 games at Globe Life Field, including three in the regular season, and have hit 29 homers — two more than the Rangers hit here all season. On Friday night, Turner took Morton over the wall in left in the first — matching the number of earned runs Morton had allowed across his first three starts of this postseason — and Barnes went yard against right-hander John Curtiss in the sixth.

Friday’s plot twist came hours before first pitch, when MLB made the decision to close the retractable roof at Globe Life Field, owing to a forecast of low-50s temperatures and a chance of rain later in the night. Official attendance at the first indoor game with fans during this MLB season: 11,447.

The Rays had never set foot in Globe Life Field before Monday’s pre-series workout, and nobody was fooled by them wearing their home whites and getting the benefit of having their own, familiar walk-up songs and the more enthusiastic introductions by the public address announcer. The crowd was overwhelmingly on the side of the visitors.

With the roof closed, the expectation was that the stadium would play bigger, with the Rays’ in-house analysts estimating it would cost flyballs an extra 10 to 15 feet of carry. Los Angeles’s Will Smith and Tampa Bay’s Randy Arozarena both hit towering drives to the warning track in straightaway center that might have left the yard had the roof remained open.

And so the Dodgers, who led the majors this season in home runs and slugging percentage, turned back the clock. Their two-run fourth inning was straight out of the small-ball aesthetic of the 1980s — three singles, a stolen base and a safety squeeze: The sacrifice bunt was laid down expertly by Barnes, who had two of the Dodgers’ three sacrifices in the regular season and — in the latest sign of how profoundly the game has changed in recent years — was the first executed by a National League team in these playoffs.

“That’s something we’ve done before. I had a feeling it was coming,” Barnes said. “And I just had to execute. The runners did a good job of selling it, and when you really sell it, it’s a tough play to defend.”

The Dodgers started Barnes at catcher Friday night instead of Smith, who served as designated hitter, largely for his pitch-framing skills — the dark art of turning borderline balls into borderline strikes with a subtle shift of the mitt to fool the home plate umpire’s eyes. As a hitter, well, Barnes is an elite pitch-framer.

Buehler, meanwhile, carried a no-hitter into the fifth, struck out 10 batters across his six innings — the most strikeouts in a World Series start that short — and looked as if he could throw 98 mph bullets all night if the Dodgers needed him to. But with a safe lead, they pulled him after 93 pitches — in case they might need him again in a decisive Game 7. And in doing so, the seven-inning start faded deeper into the recesses of history: Only two starters have completed seven innings since the start of the division series, with none in this series.

Buehler’s fastball touched 99 mph. Occasionally, he would stand on the mound and tilt his head from one side to the other, as if pondering an especially deep thought or stretching his neck muscles, then throw his body toward the plate with such force, his follow-through landed with a small bunny-hop. His career ERA in 11 postseason starts: 2.35.

“He was unbelievable,” Barnes said. “That might be the best I’ve ever seen his stuff.”

The Dodgers’ pounding of Morton gave them a measure of sweet revenge: When they last saw him on this stage, he was shutting them down for the final four innings of Game 7 of the World Series for the Houston Astros, whose title was later tainted by the revelations of a sign-stealing scheme.

The Dodgers scored four of their runs off Morton on Friday night with two outs — continuing a remarkable trend: A staggering 50 of the Dodgers’ 87 runs in this postseason have come with two outs, a record.

“It’s just not giving up. There’s two outs, but you can still build an inning, not giving away at-bats,” right fielder Mookie Betts said of the Dodgers’ success with two outs. “That’s the recipe. That’s how you win a World Series.”

Betts, the former American League MVP acquired in a blockbuster trade from Boston in February, is the most obvious answer to the question of what is different about the Dodgers’ offense this year. But another, less obvious reason is their ability to deliver big hits with runners in scoring position. It has been a glaring failure for the Dodgers in past postseason flameouts: They hit .226 with RISP in 2017, .192 in 2018 and .135 in 2019. They lost in the World Series in 2017 and 2018 and in the division series last fall.

This postseason, however, they are hitting .279 with an .879 on-base-plus-slugging percentage with runners in scoring position — numbers that exceed their overall production. Dodgers hitters are noticeably altering their approaches and shortening their swings to drive home those runs — as Max Muncy did on a full-count, two-run single to right-center in the third.

“It’s not always about driving the ball,” Betts said. “We’ve proven we can do that, and we’ve proven we can take our singles too. There’s a time and place to do both.”

With lefty Julio Urías set to start Game 4 on Saturday night — with the Rays looking at a bullpen game started by Ryan Yarbrough — and veteran lefty Clayton Kershaw slated for Game 5 on Sunday night, the Dodgers could have their first World Series title since 1988 wrapped up by the end of the weekend.

At the other extreme, should the series go to the distance, the Dodgers still would have on the mound the one pitcher they would handpick if given the choice of anyone on their roster, if not in the entire sport: Walker Buehler. They would also be the home team, naturally.

Dave Sheinin reported this story from Arlington, Tex. The live updates below were reported by Scott Allen from Washington.

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October 23, 2020 at 11:03 PM EDT
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Dodgers take 6-1 lead into the ninth

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October 23, 2020 at 10:48 PM EDT
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Blake Treinen relieves Walker Buehler, preserves Dodgers’ 6-1 lead after seven innings

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Ryan Sherriff replaced John Curtiss on the mound for the Rays to start the seventh and worked around a one-out walk to keep it a five-run game.

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October 23, 2020 at 10:28 PM EDT
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Walker Buehler strikes out the side in the sixth, Dodgers lead 6-1

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October 23, 2020 at 10:15 PM EDT
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Austin Barnes’s solo home run gives Dodgers a 6-1 lead in the sixth

By Scott Allen

The Dodgers got the run they gave up in the fifth back in the sixth on a two-out solo home run by Austin Barnes. Yes, the same Austin Barnes who drove in a run in the fourth inning with a sacrifice bunt. Mookie Betts followed with a single and his fourth stolen base of the series before Corey Seager walked. Justin Turner flied out to center to end the frame.

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October 23, 2020 at 10:01 PM EDT
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Rays get on the board with two doubles in the fifth, still trail 5-1

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With one out in the fifth inning, Manuel Margot ripped a double down the left field line for the Rays’ first hit of the night against Walker Buehler. After Buehler struck out Joey Wendle for the second out of the inning, Willy Adames hit another double on an 0-2 pitch into the left field corner to score Margot and cut the Dodgers’ lead to 5-1. Buehler avoided further trouble by getting Kevin Kiermaier to ground out to first base.

October 23, 2020 at 9:43 PM EDT
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Trailing 5-0 in the fifth inning, Rays go to the bullpen

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After striking out Justin Turner to lead off the top of the fifth, Rays starter Charlie Morton walked Max Muncy and was relieved by John Curtiss. Morton exited after 91 pitches with his team trailing 5-0. Curtiss retired Will Smith and Cody Bellinger to keep it that way.

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October 23, 2020 at 9:30 PM EDT
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Dodgers take a 5-0 lead into the fifth inning

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October 23, 2020 at 9:22 PM EDT
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Dodgers extend lead to 5-0 in the fourth inning

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October 23, 2020 at 9:09 PM EDT
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Rays get first baserunner, still trail 3-0 after three innings

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October 23, 2020 at 9:01 PM EDT
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Dodgers extend lead to 3-0 in the third on a two-out single by Max Muncy

By Scott Allen

With two outs and nobody on in the top of the third, Rays starter Charlie Morton ran into trouble. He hit Corey Seager in the foot before allowing a double to left by Justin Turner, who homered in the first, and then gave up a two-run single to Max Muncy on a 3-2 slider that caught too much of the plate.

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October 23, 2020 at 8:42 PM EDT
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Walker Buehler is dealing, Dodgers take 1-0 lead into the third inning

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October 23, 2020 at 8:28 PM EDT
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Walker Buehler strikes out two in smooth first inning

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October 23, 2020 at 8:20 PM EDT
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Justin Turner gives the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the first inning with solo home run

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Justin Turner gave the Dodgers the early lead with a two-out solo home run in the first inning off Charlie Morton, who had allowed one earned run in his three postseason starts this year combined.

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