Red Sox beat Dodgers to take stranglehold on World Series

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Buehler, who previous year watched Game Two of the World Series between Los Angeles and the Houston Astros from the Dodgers Stadium stands, had a much different view on Friday and was the man in the spotlight tossing seven shutout innings.

Game 5 is Sunday, again in Los Angeles, where the Red Sox have the chance to win their fourth World Series since 2004.

The Sox needed the padding, considering Craig Kimbrel allowed a two-run homer to the second batter he faced in the ninth inning, turning a 9-4 advantage to 9-6.

After Dodgers starter Rich Hill baffled Boston with one-hit ball into the seventh inning, Los Angeles was up 4-0 and needing just seven outs to even the series.

The Red Sox announced the decision on Twitter about four hours before today's game at Dodger Stadium.

It was a night of themes that have recurred throughout the series.

The All-Star closer served up a one-out homer to Steve Pearce that tied the game at 4-all.

Gibson was introduced to throw the ceremonial first pitch, then Eckersley came out and the two hugged on the mound.

Live from Hollywood: the Late Late Late Show: The Dodgers' dramatic, draining, dizzying 3-2 victory Friday night cut their World Series deficit to 2-1. "Everyone please come down and get your Dodger donuts". This time, with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth, Cody Bellinger hit a hard grounder right at Pearce at first, setting up a force out at home. The 439-foot three-run blast left Puig's bat at 109.6 miles per hour and gave Los Angeles a four-run lead in the game.

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Nearly lost amid Muncy's late inning fireworks was a superb performance from Dodgers rookie starter Walker Buehler who pitched a seven inning gem. Hill allowed just one hit over 6⅓ innings with seven strikeouts and three walks.

Exhausted yet exhilarated, the Dodgers headed home for a catnap.

Boston Market, a Beantown-founded restaurant that proudly bears its name in red, white and black letters is going blue for the World Series - at least in Los Angeles. Madson got Bradley to pop out, but then his first-pitch changeup to pinch hitter Mitch Moreland disappeared into the right-field bleachers for a stunning, three-run homer.

Other than an opening loss to Houston in the AL Championship Series that seemed like a bump, the Red Sox have approached another title like a marathoner pacing along the course, noting mile markers and counting down to the finish line.

After Pearce broke the game wide open in the ninth inning, the Sox padded the lead with a Xander Bogaerts RBI-single.

The Dodgers turned to Kenley Jansen in the eighth for the second straight game. East Coast time. The Dodgers won 3-2, and now trail the Series 2 games to 1.

The Red Sox fell to the Dodgers, 3-2, in Game 3, a 7-hour-20-minute game, the longest in postseason history.

"Chris Sale in his leadership kind of in the middle of the game said, 'Hey, we got to get it going, ' and the guys responded", hitting coach Tim Hyers would later explain.