Los Angeles, California, USA : The Boston Red Sox overcame a late four-run deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-6 in Game Four of the World Series on Saturday, Oct. 27, and take a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The Red Sox scored five runs in the top of the ninth behind RBI hits by Rafael Devers, Steve Pearce and Xander Bogaerts to complete the comeback and put themselves one win away from their fourth World Series title since 2004.
The Dodgers appeared to have the game in hand when Yasiel Puig smashed a three-run home run in the sixth inning to give the home team a 4-0 lead.
But Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled starting pitcher Rich Hill in the seventh inning and struggling reliever Ryan Madson gave up a three-run home run to pinch hitter Mitch Moreland later in the inning to cut the Dodgers lead.
Roberts brought Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen in to try and pitch out the final two innings but the move backfired when Steve Pearce hit a solo home run to tie the game at 4-4.
The floodgates opened for Boston in the top of the ninth with the biggest hit coming from first baseman Pearce, who hit a bases-loaded double to drive in Devers, Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi in the five-run ninth.
Kiki Hernandez cut the lead with a two-run home run in the bottom of half of innings but it was not enough for the Dodgers, who are trying to win their first title in 30 years.
“We needed that one after last night,” said Mitch Moreland, one of the pillars of a comeback win.
“One thing about our team we keep playing,” manager Alex Cora said.
“Alex tells us to stay ready all game,” Devers said. “When my moment came, I was ready.”
“There’s only two teams left in the big leagues right now, and both teams are going to fight till the end,” Cora said. “We did it, they did it, too, until the last inning.”
The preparation for Game 4 began immediately after Game 3 when Cora called one of the few team meetings of this season.
“I told them how proud I was. That was epic,” Cora said. “To play baseball for seven hours and whatever minutes and to grind from Pitch 1 all the way to the last pitch, that was awesome.”
Trump criticized Dodgers’ Dave Roberts mid-game, and Roberts had a response
“Watching the Dodgers/Red Sox final innings. It is amazing how a manager takes out a pitcher who is loose & dominating through almost 7 innings, Rich Hill of Dodgers, and brings in nervous reliever(s) who get shellacked. 4 run lead gone. Managers do it all the time, big mistake!” Trump tweeted.
“I’m happy he was tuning in and watching the game,” said Roberts afterward.
If the Sox finish their season with a parade, it will be on the strength of how they played away from Fenway. They are 6-1 on the road in the postseason, scoring 51 runs.
Overall, the Sox have won seven of their last eight postseason games.
The Sox now lead the Series three games to one with Game 5 at Dodger Stadium on Sunday at 8:15 p.m. (EDT). In a postgame switch, the Sox decided to have David Price start against Clayton Kershaw with a chance to pitch the Sox to their fourth championship of this century.