Dodgers defeat the Red Sox in a marathon World Series Game 3

Mookie Betts

Puig reacted exactly as one should when he has hit a monster homer in a close World Series game, which is to say he enjoyed the heck out of it.

The Red Sox have a commanding 3-1 series lead after winning Game 4 on Saturday.

Max Muncy, whose home run leading off the 18th inning gave the Dodgers a 3-2 victory in Game 3, bats second and plays second base.

Red Sox: Price gave up two runs and three hits over six innings in Game 2 for his second consecutive postseason win.

The Boston Red Sox responded with a Mitch Moreland pinch-hit three-run blast the very next inning, and Steve Pearce took care of the rest.

Eovaldi earned recognition and praise from all sides, as several Dodgers noted his special performance. He had to take a loss, despite many Red Sox players speaking of him as a hero postgame.

But the Dodgers, chasing their first World Series title in 30 years, needed a record 18 innings and a record seven hours 20 minutes to avoid being pushed into a 0-3 series hole from which only one team - the 2004 Red Sox in the American League Championship Series - have ever escaped. That was down from an average of 15,483,000 for Houston's 5-3 win over the Dodgers previous year, a game that lasted 3:46.

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While television scored 13,251,000 fans for prime time - down 4% from Game 2 - Fox Deportes and Fox Sports Digital celebrated increases.

The Red Sox announced the decision on Twitter about four hours before Saturday's game at Dodger Stadium. "It is unbelievable how a manager takes out a pitcher who is loose & dominating through nearly 7 innings, Rich Hill of Dodgers, and brings in nervous reliever (s) who get shellacked".

The Dodgers actually used all of their relievers, but they got seven strong innings from rookie Walker Buehler on Friday and have left-hander Rich Hill set to make his first start in this World Series tonight. In its sixth hour, Ian Kinsler had the baseball in his glove, and then in his right hand, a 3-0 series lead one accurate throw away.

"I appreciate everything about what he did last night". The 35-year-old journeyman connected off All-Star closer Kenley Jansen for the tying homer in the eighth, and he cleared the bases one inning later with a double to the gap. That included an 0-for-2 by Eovaldi who found himself hitting in the No. 3 hole. Grandal has been a mess this postseason, but the Dodger Stadium crowd was desperately trying to spur him on to a moment of redemption.

Alexander inherited a runner from Hill, who had issued a leadoff walk to Xander Bogaerts.

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