The Boston Red Sox had all but skittered away their 2-0 World
Series lead.After dropping a 3-2 decision in 18 painful innings in Game
3 ,
they were trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 after six innings Saturday. The
Red Sox appeared to have lost their way on offense, as 38-year-old left-hander
Rich Hill had dispatched them with ease through six innings.In the seventh,
manager Dave Roberts decided Hill had done enough and that he could turn the
game over to his bullpen. That decision may be questioned throughout the winter,
as the dormant Boston bats came to life. They scored nine runs over the final
three innings and pulled away for a 9-6 victory to give the American League
champions a 3-1 lead in the World Series.The Red Sox and Dodgers will meet in
Game 5 on Sunday at 8:15 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcast 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 Mallex Smith
, 8:09 p.m. ETAll World Series games will be televised by
Fox.Live Stream:Fox Sports GoSportsCenter SportsCenterMitch Moreland hits a
NO-DOUBTER to bring the Red Sox within 1.(via MLB)HZZKcJemLA Pinch hitter Mitch
Moreland got the Red Sox started with a three-run homer in the top of the
seventh inning, and Steve Pearce followed up in the eighth inning when he
launched a solo shot over the left-field wall in the eighth inning off Dodgers
closer Kenley Jansen.While the Red Sox were getting their offense going,
hard-throwing reliever Joe Kelly blanked the Dodgers in the seventh and eighth
innings.The Red Sox came through with their biggest inning of the World Series
in the top of the ninth. Brock Holt got the rally started with a double down the
left-field line, and Rafael Devers gave the Red Sox a 5-4 lead with a base hit
up the middle.After Mookie Betts walked and Andrew Benintendi followed with an
infield single, Pearce laced a double up the right center field gap that cleared
the bases. Xander Bogaerts drove in Pearce with a base hit.Closer Craig Kimbrel
came into close down the game, and while he got the job done, he gave up a walk
and a two-run homer to Kike Hernandez."It was a great night all the way around,
and a great team win," Pearce told Fox reporter Ken Rosenthal. "It's a dream
come true. It's a cool feeling to do something special, but we have one more
game to go."Clayton Kershaw will get the ball for the Dodgers in Game 5.Charles
Krupa/Associated PressThe fifth game was going to have the same look as the
series opener. Chris Sale was scheduled to be on the mound for the Red Sox, and
Clayton Kershaw will pitch for the Dodgers.However ,
after their Game 4 win, Red Sox manager Alex Cora said that he was going with
David Priceand that Sale would pitch Game 6 if the series goes back to
Boston.Sale pitched 4.0 innings in Game 1, and he allowed three runs on five
hits. He struck out seven and walked two, and one of the hits that he allowed
was a home run to Matt Kemp.Kershaw gave up seven hits and five runs in Game 1
while striking out five and walking three.Price has pitched 6.2 innings in the
World Series and has allowed two runs on four hits while striking out five and
walking four. Price started Game 2, came out of the bullpen in Game 3 and warmed
up during Saturday's action.Game 4 was pristine through the top of the sixth
inning. Eduardo Rodriguez had held the Dodgers to two hits. However, the Dodgers
broke through in the sixth when the first run was scored on an errant relay from
catcher Christian Vazquez to first base. Yasiel Puig followed with a
three-runhomer deep into the left-field seats to give the Dodgers what appeared
to be a comfortable margin.However, that's when the Red Sox showed that their
bats still had plenty of life, and they barged through what appeared to be a
tiny crack and turned it into an eight-lane highway.The Red Sox were the best
team in baseball during the 162-game regular season and have been throughout the
playoffs. They have a chance to make it official if they can win one more game.
PredictionThis has been a difficult World Series to predict, and while it
appears the Red Sox have all the momentum after scoring nine runs in the past
three innings to secure a 3-1 lead in the World Series, it would be wrong to
count out the Dodgers.Kershaw may not be the dominant pitcher he was two or
three years ago because he has lost velocity, but he is at home in a game his
team must win.Price has been sharp in his past two starts and should pitch well
here. Whether it will be good enough to bring the Red Sox the World Series title
is questionable.The Red Sox will battle hard and may take a lead in the
game Rob
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, but the Dodgers' desperation should will out and
send the World Series back to Boston for a sixth game.The Dodgers will win Game
5. Three teams have reportedly emerged as suitors for Tampa Bay Rays starting
pitcher Chris Archer.According to Ken Rosenthal and Jim Bowden of The Athletic,
the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres have all
expressed interest in the right-handed'sJerry Crasnickalso
reported Saturday that talks surrounding Archer were "intensifying." He added
that the Rays have placed a "No. 1 starter type of price tag" on the 29-year-old
veteran.Archer is a two-time All-Star who comes with a club-friendly
contract.PerSpotrac, Archer is under team control through the 2021 season. He
will make $7.5 million in 2019, and there are club options for $8.3 million in
both 2020 and 2021.Despite his strong stuff, Archer has largely struggled this
season. He is just 3-5 with a 4.31 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 17 starts. If his ERA
and WHIP remain at their current levels, they will be the worst numbers of his
career over the course of a full season.Archer does have 102 strikeouts in 96
innings, though, and his FIP of 3.62 suggests he has been unlucky.After posting
an ERA of 3.33 or better in three straight seasons from 2013-2015, Archer is in
the midst of his third consecutive season with an ERA over 4.00.Archer does have
a FIP of 3.81 or lower in each of the past three campaigns, however.In different
surroundings with better defensive play supporting him ,
Archer may have the ability to be an ace-caliber pitcher down the stretch in
2018 and beyond.While the Yankees recently acquired starter J.A. Happ from the
Toronto Blue Jays, they could use another starter to support Luis Severino,
Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia since Sonny Gray is struggling mightily this
season.New York entered play Saturday trailing the Boston Red Sox by five games
in the AL East, but they have a stranglehold on the No. 1 wild-card spot in the
American League.The Dodgers have also already made a splash on the trade market
by dealing with the Baltimore Orioles for shortstop Manny Machado.Ross Stripling
and Kenta Maeda have been pleasant surprises for L.A. on the mound this season,
but with ace Clayton Kershaw spending so much time on the disabled list, Archer
would offer some much-needed insurance in the starting rotation.The Dodgers
entered Saturday with a 1.5-game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL
West.Unlike the Yankees and Dodgers, the Padres are not in contention, as they
are last in the NL West at 42-64.Dealing for Archer would be a move for the
future, but it could pay dividends considering the Padres have a lot of young
talent that could come into its own over the next few seasons.With few
top-flight starting pitching options available on the trade market, the Rays
stand to secure a huge haul if they decide to part with Archer.
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