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    How the Red Sox defeated the Dodgers in Game 2, inning by inning

    Boston, MA - 10/24/2018 - Andrew Benintendi makes a leaping catch against the wall hit by Brian Dozier in the fifth inning of Game 2 of the World Series. The Boston Red Sox host the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the World Series at Fenway Park. (Jim Davis/Globe staff)
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    Andrew Benintendi made a leaping catch in front of the Green Monster.

    The Red Sox defeated the LA Dodgers, 4-2, in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday at Fenway Park.

    Boston holds a 2-0 lead in the series, which resumes in LA on Friday.

    Here is Peter Abraham’s game story.

    Here is the box score.

    Below are updates and analysis from the game as it unfolded.

    Ninth inning: Red Sox 4, Dodgers 2

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    Top: Craig Kimbrel took on the mound. Manny Machado flew out to center before Chris Taylor and Matt Kemp grounded out to end the game.

    Eighth inning: Red Sox 4, Dodgers 2

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    Bottom: Pedro Baez replaced Kenta Maeda on the mound. Cody Bellinger made a sliding catch on the warning track in center to deprive J.D. Martinez of his second hit on the night. Xander Bogaerts flied out to center field , and Rafael Devers grounded out to end the inning.

    Top: Nathan Eovaldi replaced Joe Kelly on the mound and struck out Cody Bellinger for the first out. Then Justin Turner grounded out to short, and Joc Pederson, pinch-hitting for David Freese, flew out to left field to end the inning.

    Nathan Eovaldi needed just 13 pitches to get through the eighth.
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    Nathan Eovaldi needed just 13 pitches to get through the eighth.

    Seventh inning: Red Sox 4, Dodgers 2

    Bottom: Kenta Maeda came in for Julio Urias. After Christian Vazquez grounded out, Mookie Betts hit a towering ball off the Green Monster for a double. Then Andrew Benintendi struck out swinging, and Maeda was pulled for lefty Scott Alexander. Betts advanced to third on a pitch from Alexander that missed outside, but Mitch Moreland, pinch-hitting for Steve Pearce, struck out to end the inning.

    Mookie Betts dances at second base after a seventh inning double.
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    Mookie Betts dances at second base after a seventh inning double.

    Top: Joe Kelly entered the game for David Price. Max Muncy struck out swinging before Yasiel Puig grounded out to Rafael Devers. Kelly then struck out Yasmani Grandal, pinch-hitting for Austin Barnes, to retire the side in order.

    Sixth inning: Red Sox 4, Dodgers 2

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    Bottom: Lefthander Julio Urias replaced Madson on the mound. He retired the side in order.

    Top: David Price retired the side in order.

    Fifth inning: Red Sox 4, Dodgers 2

    Bottom: Christian Vazquez singled on a two-out base hit to right. Mookie Betts followed with a single up the middle to put runners on first and second. Hyun-Jin Ryu walked Andrew Benintendi on eight pitches to load the bases with two outs before manager Dave Roberts replaced Ryu with righty Ryan Madson, who walked Steve Pearce to bring home Vazquez. A base hit from J.D. Martinez dropped in front of Puig to give the Red Sox a 4-2 lead. Xander Bogaerts struck out swinging to end the inning.

    J.D. Martinez hit a two-run single in the fifth inning.
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    J.D. Martinez hit a two-run single in the fifth inning.
    Andrew Benintendi celebrated with fans after scoring in the fifth inning.
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    Andrew Benintendi celebrated with fans after scoring in the fifth inning.

    Top: Andrew Benintendi robbed Brian Dozier of a base hit with a running, leaping grab in front of the Green Monster. Justin Turner grounded out on a soft-hit, bouncing ball, and David Freese popped out to end the inning.

    Fourth inning: Dodgers 2, Red Sox 1

    Bottom: J.D. Martinez grounded out, Xander Bogaerts struck out looking, and Rafael Devers struck out swinging to end the inning. Hyun-Jin Ryu has five Ks on the night.

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    Top: David Freese reached first after Mookie Betts couldn’t come up with the catch on a line drive to right. On David Price’s next pitch, Manny Machado lined a base hit to center field to put runners on first and second. Price then walked Chris Taylor on six pitches to load the bases. Matt Kemp hit an RBI sacrifice fly to center, and Freese tagged to tie the score at 1-1. Enrique Hernandez capped a nine-pitch at-bat with a strikeout for the second out of the inning. Joe Kelly started warming in the Red Sox bullpen. Yasiel Puig launched a hard-hit blooper over a leaping Ian Kinsler to drive in Machado and put runners on the corners. Austin Barnes struck out swinging to end the inning. Price’s pitch count: 67.

    Mookie Betts couldn't come up with the catch on a David Freese line drive in fourth inning.
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    Mookie Betts couldn't come up with the catch on a David Freese line drive in fourth inning.

    Third inning: Red Sox 1, Dodgers 0

    Bottom: Hyun-Jin Ryu struck out Christian Vazquez to open the inning. Then Mookie Betts singled to left-center field on a 1-and-2 pitch, Andrew Benintendi lined out to center field, and Steve Pearce popped out to end the inning.

    Top: Ian Kinsler nabbed a floater by Yasiel Puig for the first out, and Austin Barnes popped out to right field for the second out. David Price then walked Dozier, before Justin Turner grounded out to end the inning. Price’s pitch count: 43.

    David Price exclaims after what he believed to be a third strike during third inning.
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    David Price exclaims after what he believed to be a third strike during third inning.

    Second inning: Red Sox 1, Dodgers 0

    Bottom: After J.D. Martinez lined out to center field, Xander Bogaerts doubled off the Green Monster for Boston’s first base-runner of the night. Rafael Devers then struck out swinging for the second out. Ian Kinsler lined a base hit to left to drive in Bogaerts, giving the Red Sox a 1-0 lead. Jackie Bradley Jr. followed with a base hit up the middle, but Chris Taylor threw out Kinsler at third to end the inning.

    David Freese slid into the first base photographer's pit chasing a foul ball during the second inning.
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    David Freese slid into the first base photographer's pit chasing a foul ball during the second inning.

    Top: After David Price struck out Chris Taylor (swinging on three pitches) and Matt Kemp (looking on four pitches), Enrique Hernandez popped out to center to end the inning.

    First inning

    Bottom: Mookie Betts grounded out, Andrew Benintendi struck out swinging, and Steve Pearce popped out for a 1-2-3 inning.

    Mookie Betts was tagged out by David Freese in the first inning.
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    Mookie Betts was tagged out by David Freese in the first inning.

    Top: After lead-off hitter Brian Dozier grounded out and Justin Turner struck out, David Price walked David Freese on six pitches. Manny Machado popped out to end the inning. Price’s pitch count: 13, 8 for strikes.

    Pregame scenes and notes

      The Red Sox honored their beloved 2004 championship team Wednesday night during the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of the 2018 World Series. Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Kevin Millar, Tim Wakefield, Jason Varietk, Keith Foulke, and Alan Embree were at Fenway for the pregame ceremony. Why no Curt Schilling, who lives less than an hour from the park? “We did not reach out to him,’’ said a Red Sox executive. “But it is not out of spite. It was originally just going to be Pedro and David and Wake and Millar, but we heard from a few others and they are included.”

    Schilling forever will be one of the most significant Red Sox players from the 2004 championship team. His political positions have made him something of a lighting rod in recent years. His exclusion from Wednesday night’s ceremony is likely to raise eyebrows.

    Dan Shaughnessy

      It was 43 degrees at first pitch.

    Looking down Landsdowne Street with the the full moon and Prudential building in the background.
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    Looking down Landsdowne Street with the the full moon and Prudential building in the background.

    Fans in the stands at Fenway Park are bundled up.
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    Fans in the stands at Fenway Park are bundled up.
    Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez warmed up his hands in the bullpen before the game.
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    Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez warmed up his hands in the bullpen before the game.

    Fans waited to get into Fenway Park.
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    Fans waited to get into Fenway Park.
    Red Sox players warm up before the game.
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    Red Sox players warm up before the game.
    Members of the grounds crew were busy dropping a line in order to rechalk the right field foul line before Game 2.
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    Members of the grounds crew were busy dropping a line in order to rechalk the right field foul line before Game 2.
    Red Sox pitcher Drew Pomeranz, who was added to the roster for the World Series, got in some throwing in the outfield before tGame 2.
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    Red Sox pitcher Drew Pomeranz, who was added to the roster for the World Series, got in some throwing in the outfield before Game 2.

    A rainbow over Fenway Park.
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    A rainbow over Fenway Park.

    Lineups

      LHP David Price (1-1, 5.11 postseason) and LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-1, 4.40 postseason) are the starting pitchers.

    RED SOX (1-0, 8-2 postseason)DODGERS (0-1, 7-5 postseason)
    Betts RFDozier 2B
    Benintendi LFTurner 3B
    Pearce 1BFreese 1B
    Martinez DHMachado SS
    Bogaerts SSTaylor LF
    Devers 3BKemp DH
    Kinsler 2BHernandez CF
    Bradley Jr. CFPuig RF
    Vázquez CBarnes C

      Ryu spent years viewing Fenway Park through television screens, whether in his home country of South Korea or in the United States, where Ryu has been an major league pitcher since 2013. Finally, the lefty got a glance at Fenway’s historic grounds when the Dodgers landed in Boston on Sunday.A certain wall caught Ryu’s eye. “My initial reaction to the Green Monster is, it’s very tall,” he said through a translator Tuesday.

    Owen Pence

      Ryu holds runners well. There have been only five steals against him in 97 major league games. It will be interesting to see if the Sox challenge him.

    Peter Abraham

      The Sox have had a juggernaut offense in the postseason, pressuring the pitcher by putting balls in play and not waiting for a home run. They are averaging 6.4 runs. Ryu, who did not pitch well on the road in the NLCS, could have a rough time at Fenway Park.

    Peter Abraham

      Read Abraham’s full game preview for more notes and nuggets.

      Price takes the mound tonight after throwing six shutout innings in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. He received a loud cheer from the Fenway crowd during team introductions ahead of Tuesday’s Game 1. He said before the World Series that he felt “lighter” now that he has a good playoff start under his belt.

      Ryu is making his fourth start of this postseason. In his previous three outings, he gave up seven runs on 17 hits, struck out 15, and walked two over 14 innings. Opponents had a .283/.306/.433 line against him in those three contests.

    Pregame reading

      How a pregame staple helped the Red Sox beat Clayton Kershaw: Advance scouting meetings are common, but this team has taken such get-togethers to another level. (Read more)

      Christopher L. Gasper: That adage about great pitching beats great hitting? The Red Sox don’t buy it. (Read more)

      How did David Price suddenly dial up his velocity this postseason? And how did he develop a diving changeup that he hadn’t possessed at any previous point in the 2018 season? (Read more)