It’s now or never in the 2018 season for the Dodgers.
Down four runs, the Red Sox scored nine down the stretch to take a commanding 3-1 World Series lead following a 9-6 victory Saturday night.
Boston did it with a relentless attack, doing all the damage from the seventh inning on and are back in control in knocking out the Dodgers in the best-of-seven series.
“With our mindset, said the Red Sox Mitch Moreland, who belted a three run homer in the seventh to spark the comeback win, “we can change a game quick.”
Steve Pearce tied the contest with a solo shot in the top of the 8th inning then came back with a three-run double in the 9th.
In the history of the series, teams in the 2-3-2 format that have won Game 4 on the road to move ahead 3-1, have gone on to win the series 38 out of 45 times or 84 percent.
It doesn’t look promising for the Dodgers. In the four times the Dodgers trailed 3-1 in the World Series, they have lost in five games.
“Now we’re in a situation where we’re do-or-die,” said L.A. manager Dave Roberts. “To their credit they fought back and won a baseball game.”
The Dodgers couldn’t maintain a four run lead, an unusual circumstance for a team used to beating teams in that situation. Up to that point they were 54-0 when leading by four runs this season, including the postseason.
L.A. will attempt to avoid Boston from celebrating in its own park when it sends ace Clayton Kershaw up against Boston’s short rested David Price in Sunday’s 5:15 p.m. start.