World Series: Red Sox Mount Epic Comeback to Win Game Four, 9-6
Boston, MA - After a draining eighteen inning effort that resulted in a 3-2 loss for the Boston Red Sox in the third game of the World Series, the momentum seemed to have shifted to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the series. And for the first six innings of the fourth game, this seemed to be doubly the case.
Eduardo Rodriguez, making a spot start for the Red Sox, pitched his heart out for a good portion of the game, but after a throwing error from Christian Vazquez that allowed a run to score, E-Rod surrendered a three-run blast to Yasiel Puig that gave the Dodgers a 4-0 lead. Throwing his glove on the mound in frustration, it seemed emblematic of how the tides turned against Boston.
But Rodriguez still pitched excellently before being promptly replaced and another starter, Chris Sale, went full psychopath in the dugout in an effort to motivate the offense. And the bats came alive in the top of the seventh.
In a pinch hitting spot, Mitch Moreland stepped in with Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt on base and he delivered with a three-run shot to right field that made the game a tighter 4-3. In the next inning, Steve Pearce came through and sent a solo home run out of Dodger Stadium to even the game.
And in the top of the ninth, after Holt ripped a double down the left field line, Rafael Devers stepped in to deliver yet another clutch hit up the middle to score Holt and give Boston a 5-4 lead!
But they weren't done yet. After an intentional walk to Mookie Betts and an infield single by Andrew Benintendi, Pearce came up to bat again and he launched a double into the gap to clear the bases. J.D. Martinez was promptly walked and then Bogaerts stepped up with a single of his own to score Pearce, giving the Red Sox a 9-4 lead that they would not relinquish!
Craig Kimbrel did give up a two-run home run in the ninth, but it was not enough as Boston prevailed to go up 3-1 in the World Series.
After the game, Alex Cora dropped a bombshell when he announced that David Price would start Game Five tonight, when the Red Sox will look to clinch the series.
It was yet another epic comeback in a season full of "never say die" moments from the Red Sox.