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The Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-6 in Game Four of the World Series. With the victory, the Red Sox advance to a 3-1 series lead over the Dodgers. Eduardo Rodriguez makes the start for Boston while Rich Hill did the same for Los Angeles. The game was played at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles.
It was a relatively boring game in terms of offensive squads for both teams. That is, of course, until the 6th inning rolled around and the Dodgers accumulated four runs off E-Rod. It began with a botched double play that it allowed L.A. to put the first run on the board. This was followed by a devastating three-run Yasiel Puig homer that seemingly sucked the life out of Boston.
With a 4-0 Sox lead, the Red Sox drew two “clutch” walks to pose a threat in the top 7th. JBJ pinch-hit for Christian Vazquez and recorded a disappointing out to shallow right field. Mitch Moreland did the same for the pitcher’s spot a batter later and provided the punchless Sox lineup with some major thump. On the first pitch from Ryan Madson, Moreland took a fastball deep to right field to make it 4-3.
An inning later, his co-first baseman Steve Pearce popped a game-tying solo-homer. After that, the Red Sox kept the offensive power alive. Brock Holt led off the inning with a double down the line. The go-ahead single came courtesy of more pinch-hit heroics. Rafael Devers, batting for Eduardo Nunez, singled up the middle which allowed Holt to cross the plate. Pearce, the man of the hour in the prior inning, followed with a bases-loaded three-RBI double to put the game essentially out of reach. When the 9th ended, the Sox maintained a 9-4 lead.
There was a bit trouble in the 9th with Craig Kimbrel on the mound. Kike Hernandez clobbered a two-run shot to make it a much closer 9-6 contest. On the back of an amazing defensive play by Rafael Devers, he was able to work his way out of the jam and get Boston the win.