ARLINGTON, Texas -- Walker Buehler was dominant for Los Angeles. Just like Orel Hershiser during the Dodgers' last title run.
Buehler struck out 10 in six innings as Los Angeles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Friday night for a 2-1 World Series lead.
Justin Turner homered in the first inning against a hittable Charlie Morton, who was chased in the fifth.
Austin Barnes, the Dodgers' No. 9 hitter and catcher, added a sixth-inning home run against John Curtiss and became just the second player to drive in runs with both a home run and a sacrifice bunt in the same Series game.
Los Angeles overwhelmed Tampa Bay in all phases, leaving the Rays' scuffling offense with a .206 average and 11 runs in the Series.
Left-hander Julio Urias starts Game 4 tonight for the Dodgers, while the Rays will string together several relievers that include Ryan Yarbrough.
Thirty-eight of 59 previous teams that won Game 3 for a 2-1 lead went on to take the title.
The Dodgers have outhomered the Rays 7-4 in the Series and opponents 25-16 in the postseason.
Steely-eyed like Hershiser, who won MVP honors of the 1988 Series, Buehler allowed 3 of Tampa Bay's 4 hits and walked 1.
The 26-year-old right-hander has allowed one run in 13 Series innings that include seven scoreless in Game 3 against Boston two years ago. He improved to 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four postseason starts that include the win over Atlanta in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series last weekend.
"I've taken the failures that I've had and tried to learn from them a little bit," Buehler said. "Obviously our team gave me a cushion early so I could be aggressive."
He started 15 of 21 batters with strikes and threw strikes on 67 of 93 pitches. Buehler didn't allow a hit until Manuel Margot's one-out double in the fifth. Willy Adames then drove in Margot with another double.
Tampa Bay's only other hit off him was Austin Meadows' leadoff single in the sixth.
"You can see the fastball just pop through the zone," Rays Manager Kevin Cash said. "Other than a few breaking balls here or there, it was very much a there it is, hit it approach. You totally understand and appreciate why he's so talented. He's got a really special fastball that gets on hitters, and he commands it well."
Rays batters were kept off balance by his mix of 59 four-seam fastballs, 14 knuckle-curves, 12 sliders and 8 cut fastballs.
"That might have been the best I've ever seen him," Barnes said.
Blake Treinen and Brusdar Graterol followed with a scoreless inning apiece. Kenley Jansen gave up Randy Arozarena's record-tying eighth home run of the postseason before closing out the four-hitter.
Morton, a right-hander who turns 37 on Nov. 12, had entered unbeaten in seven consecutive postseason decisions, one shy of Orlando Hernandez's record, including wins in five consecutive postseason starts. But he took the loss, allowing 5 runs and 7 hits in 4 1/3 innings -- more than the four runs total he gave up in his previous five postseason starts combined.
No Rays starter has finished the fifth inning in their last five Series starts since Matt Garza in Game 3 against Philadelphia in 2008. Tampa Bay repeated its pattern of a dozen years ago, losing the opener, winning the next game and dropping the third.
"I wasn't particularly sharp," Morton said. "I felt like I was able to get two strikes pretty quickly with a lot of guys and just not able to put them away."
Turner put the Dodgers ahead on Morton's 14th pitch, turning on a high 94.8 mph fastball with a 1-2 count and driving the ball 397 feet over the left-field wall.
Los Angeles extended the lead to 3-0 in the third when Morton hit Corey Seager on a toe with a pitch, Turner doubled and Max Muncy drove a cutter into center for a two-run single.
After singles by Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson, Barnes drove in a run with the safety squeeze to first baseman Ji-Man Choi, the first RBI bunt in the Series since the Rays' Jason Barlett in Game 2 in 2008 and the first since for the Dodgers since Billy Cox in 1953.
Mookie Betts followed with a two-out RBI single that made it 5-0, and Barnes homered off John Curtiss in the sixth. Five of the Dodgers' first six runs scored with two outs, raising their total to nine of 18 in the Series and 50 of 87 in the postseason.
"Obviously there's two outs, but you can still build an inning not giving away at-bats," Betts said. "That's how you win a World Series."
At a glance
At Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas
All games on Fox
LA Dodgers 8, Tampa Bay 3
Tampa Bay 6, LA Dodgers 4
LA Dodgers 6, Tampa Bay 2
LA Dodgers lead series 2-1
All times Central
LA Dodgers (Urias 3-0) vs. Tampa Bay (TBA), 7:08 p.m.
LA Dodgers (Kershaw 6-2) vs. Tampa Bay (Glasnow 5-1), 7:08 p.m.
TUESDAY, OCT. 27
x-Tampa Bay vs. LA Dodgers, 7:08 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28
x-Tampa Bay at LA Dodgers, 7:09 p.m.