The Boston Red Sox are in the position that many thought they
would be in as the World Series started. After beating the Los Angeles Dodgers
by a 9-6 margin in Game 4 Jesus Sucre
, they have a 3-1 lead and are one game away from winning
the 2018 World Series.The Red Sox will try to finish off the Dodgers in Game 5
Sunday night at 8:15 p.m. ET at Dodger Stadium. The game will be televised by
Fox.World Series ScheduleTuesday: Boston 8, Los Angeles 4Wednesday: Boston 4,
Los Angeles 2Friday: Los Angeles 3, Boston 2 (18 innings)Saturday: Boston 9, Los
Angeles 6; Boston leads 3-1.Sunday: Red Sox at Dodgers, 8:15 p.m. ETOctober 30
(if necessary): Dodgers at Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETOctober 31 (if necessary):
Dodgers at Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETAll World Series games will be televised by
Fox.Live Stream:Fox Sports GoRich Hill gave the Dodgers a lift in Game 4, but
the bullpen could not hold the lead.David J. Phillip/Associated Press They may
be on the edge of their fourth World Series title since 2004, but it was
anything but easy. The Red Sox were coming off a brutal 18-inning 3-2 defeat in
Game 3, and their offense had been lifeless through six innings against
38-year-old Dodger lefty Rich Hill.The Dodgers starter had given up just one hit
in the game, but L.A. manager Dave Roberts took him out with a runner on first
and one out in the seventh. That turned out to be a pivotal moment.Los Angeles
had broken through in the bottom of the sixth inning. The game had been
scoreless up to that point, as Eduardo Rodriguez had held the Dodgers to two
hits. L.A. got on the board when catcher Christian Vazquez's relay throw to
first base went up the line for an error as he tried to complete a double
play ,
and Yasiel Puig added a three-run homer.That blow to left field had the feel of
a back-breaker since the Boston offense had been sleeping. But Mitch Moreland
turned that around with a three-run home run off Ryan Madson in the top of the
seventh inning. That shot deep into the right-field bleachers breathed life into
the Red Sox dugout.Joe Kelly blunted the Dodgers in the bottom of the seventh
inning, and the Red Sox came to bat in the eighth inning against Los Angeles
closer Kenley Jansen. A day after giving up a tying home run to Jackie Bradley
Jr., he did the same to Steve Pearce."That's a good team over there," Jansen
explained after the game on the MLB Network postgame broadcast. "I made one
mistake yesterday and one mistake today, and they hit them."Kelly fired another
scoreless inning in the bottom of the eighth, and the Red Sox went to work in
the ninth. Brock Holt got things started with a one-out double that he sliced
down the left field line, and Rafael Devers lined a single to center that scored
the go-ahead run.Mookie Betts followed with a walk, and Andrew Benintendi had an
infield single before Pearce unloaded the bases with a three-run double to right
center. Xander Bogaerts drove in Pearce with a single.Craig Kimbrel was shaky in
the ninth, giving up a two-run homer to Kike Hernandez, but the Red Sox wiped
their collective brow and took home the win when CodyBellinger flew out to
Benintendi to end the game.Pearce credited the Red Sox's pitching for giving the
team a chance while the offense struggled in Game 3 and the first six innings of
Game 4."Our offense went silent for about 20-plus innings, but our pitchers did
a great job," Pearce told MLB Network reporter Heidi Watney. "Then we came to
life, and it was a great team win. We still have one more win to go."The Red Sox
were expected to send Chris Sale to the mound in Game 5 Matt Moore
, but Red Sox manager Alex Cora revealed in his postgame
press conference that David Price would get the ball and oppose Clayton Kershaw
of the Dodgers.Cora mentioned the change as he was leaving the press conference,
but he came back to explain that he thought Price would have the better matchup
and that Sale would pitch in Game 6 if necessary.Price has been solid in his two
World Series outings, as he started in Game 2 and pitched in relief in Game 3.
He has allowed four hits and two runs while striking out five and walking
four.Kershaw was shaky in Game 1, giving up seven hit and five runs (all earned)
in 4.0 innings. He struck out five and walked three.The left-hander has been the
ace of the Dodgers' staff for years, and while he has lost some velocity in
recent years, he should have enough to rise to the occasion.The Red Sox will
challenge him and fight hard to win the World Series in Dodger Stadium, but it
is going to be difficult to beat the Los Angeles ace at his home ballpark.
CINCINNATI (AP) — If the Los Angeles Dodgers fall short in the competitive NL
West, they can blame Scooter Gennett and the Cincinnati Reds.Gennett snapped out
of an 0-for-9 slump with four hits and three RBIs, Joey Votto hit a two-run
double on his birthday and the Reds improved to 5-0 against the Dodgers this
season with a 10-6 victory Monday night.“I’ve had a couple rough games in a
row,” Gennett said. “It’s good to have a short memory sometimes. You can’t let a
couple bad games dictate attitude or focus.”Eugenio Suarez added a solo home run
for the last-place Reds, and Jose Peraza scored three runs. That helped
Cincinnati overcome Chris Taylor’s two-run homer and Yasmani Grandal’s solo
shot.Los Angeles dropped 1½ games behind first-place Colorado when the Rockies
routed visiting Arizona. The Dodgers had taken two of three at Coors Field last
weekend to trim their deficit.The Reds won the series opener after a four-game
sweep at Dodger Stadium in May.“The first time around, they pitched us well, and
we still haven’t figured out how to get Gennett out ,”
Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. “Obviously, we don’t expect to be 0-5
against anybody.”Jared Hughes (4-3) got Yasiel Puig to line into a bases-loaded
double play to end the seventh after an 11-pitch at-bat.“We were one hit away
from it being a completely different game,” Roberts said.Hughes added a perfect
eighth to get the win.“That was the second time this year I’ve faced Puig with
runners on and he’s hit a line drive to third,” said Hughes, who fell behind
Puig with a 2-0 count. “Before that he was 4 for 4 against me with two home
runs. I think that is the line.”Gennett went 4 for 5 to boost his batting
average to .320 with his sixth multihit game in his last nine appearances. He
took over the league lead from Milwaukee outfielder Christian Yelich, who is
hitting .315.Votto, celebrating his 35th birthday, just missed a three-run homer
in Cincinnati’s four-run first inning, settling for a two-run double with a
drive that bounced off the yellow padding along the top of the right-field wall
and stayed in play.Alex Wood (8-7) was knocked around in his shortest outing in
14 starts since lasting a season-low two innings on June 3 at Colorado. The Reds
piled up eight hits and seven runs, six earned, against him with two walks and
six strikeouts. The seven runs allowed matched Wood’s season high, set on April
11 in the third of his team-high 27 starts.“It was one of those nights when I
didn’t have anything,” Wood said. “You try to battle ,
but this is not a place where you can come and not be sharp and expect to do
well.”Taylor hit his second homer in three games off left-hander Cody Reed, who
overcame a 30-pitch first inning to last four. He gave up five hits and three
runs with three walks and five strikeouts.Reed struck out Enrique Hernandez to
leave the bases loaded in the first.BEEN A WHILEThe Reds’ five-game winning
streak against Los Angeles is their longest since winning seven straight in
1976.POWER SURGEThe Dodgers have hit at least one home run in 18 straight games,
the longest streak since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1958. The franchise
record is 24 in a row, set by Brooklyn in 1953.FAR EAST-BOUNDSuarez and Taylor
will be among the major leaguers headed to Japan to play seven games against
Japanese players in November.BACK TO EARTHDodgers closer Kenley Jansen rejoined
the team in Cincinnati after avoiding Denver. Jansen developed an irregular
heartbeat on the team’s last Colorado trip and the team cardiologist advised him
not to pitch at higher altitudes.ROSS GETS NODDodgers RHP Ross Stripling (8-3)
will start Wednesday’s series finale, Roberts said. LHP Clayton Kershaw was
originally scheduled to start before being pushed back a day to start at St.
Louis on Thursday. The start will be Stripling’s 18th, and first since Aug. 9.
He came off the disabled list Friday after being out since Aug. 12 with lower
back inflammation.TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: LHP Julio Urias was activated from the
disabled list after missing more than a year following left shoulder surgery in
June 2017.Reds: LHP Amir Garrett was activated off the DL. Garrett was out since
Aug. 29 with a bruised left foot.UP NEXTDodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-2), the
scheduled starter Tuesday at Cincinnati, allowed 10 hits and five runs — one
earned — in six innings of Los Angeles’ 7-3 loss to the Mets last
Wednesday.Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (8-12) was tagged for a career-high three
homers in his last start Thursday against San Diego.
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