The Boston Red Sox moved to within one victory of clinching the 2018 World Series on Saturday when they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-6 at Dodger Stadium.
Eduardo Rodriguez went the first 5 2-3 innings for the Red Sox, stepping into the starting rotation after throwing in relief, however briefly, in Game 3.
The 25-year old left-hander allowed four runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six, but the innings that saved the bullpen was much more important for Boston after the marathon of the previous evening.
Mitch Moreland hit a pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning to drive in three and Steve Pearce also went deep for the visitors who bounced nicely after Friday's epic encounter.
The match up is set for Sunday's potentially deciding Game 5 with the Red Sox calling on David Price on short rest and the Dodgers set to counter with Clayton Kershaw.
That should allow Boston to come back with their ace Chris Sale should the series go to a sixth game at Fenway Park in Boston on Tuesday.
A Boston victory in the series would give the Red Sox four World Series championships in the past 15 seasons, one ahead of the San Francisco Giants this century, although the latter did manage three titles in five years.
Winners of the National League West Division each of the past six seasons, the Dodgers are in danger of underperforming once again having not won the World Series since 1988.
The Red Sox are 1/14 to clinch the series and becomes World Series champions for the first time since 2013 while the Dodgers are 17/2.
The Red Sox are 5/4 to take the series 4-1.
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