LOS ANGELES - The remarkable Red Sox erased a four-run seventh inning deficit, battering the Dodgers bullpen on their way to a 9-6 Game 4 win and a 3-1 lead in the World Series.
The Sox looked to be in deep trouble after Yasiel Puig hit a three-run home run off Eduardo Rodriguez in the sixth inning, extending their lead to 4-0.
But the Red Sox were given new life in the seventh inning when Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled his starter, Rich Hill, who had stymied Boston’s bats for 6 1/3 innings.
Mitch Moreland hit a pinch-hit three-run home run off Ryan Madson three batters after Hill was pulled.
Steve Pearce tied the game in the eighth with a solo home run off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, who Roberts appeared to be calling on for a six-out save.
The Red Sox exploded for five runs in the ninth inning. Brock Holt doubled to lead off the frame and was driven in by Rafael Devers, who singled up the middle to give the Sox a 5-4 lead. The Sox would go on to load the bases, before they were cleared by Pearce with a two-out, three-RBI double to right-center.
Xander Bogaerts drove in Pearce with a single to extend the lead to 9-4.
Craig Kimbrel, pitching with a five-run lead, struggled in the ninth. He gave up a two-run homer to Kike Hernandez and gave up a single to Justin Turner, but avoided any further damage.
The Red Sox will give the ball to Chris Sale on Sunday as they look to close out the World Series. The Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw.