Weary, wounded and trailing in the World Series by a 3-2 margin, the Dodgers straggled onto a plane bound from Houston to Los Angeles in the early hours of Monday morning.
As he surveyed the group, manager Dave Roberts searched for signs of optimism after three harrowing games at Minute Maid Park, a mini-series that concluded with a marathon 13-12 defeat in Game 5 on Sunday.
“I think guys are looking forward to getting back home,” he said later.
The prospect of a game at Dodger Stadium sounded welcome. Another night with the Astros offered less appeal. During the first five games, Houston’s offense has punctured holes in Roberts’ decision-making process, which he...