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    How the Red Sox came back to beat the Dodgers in Game 4, inning by inning

    Los Angeles, CA - 10/27/2018 - Brock Holt reacts after hitting a double in the ninth inning. The Los Angeles Dodgers host the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium. (Jim Davis/Globe staff)
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    Brock Holt reacts after hitting a double in the ninth inning.

    The Red Sox came back from a 4-0 deficit to defeat the Dodgers, 9-6, in Game 4 of the World Series.

    Boston now holds a 3-1 advantage in the series.

    Here is Peter Abraham’s game story.

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    Here is the box score.

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    Below are updates from the game as it unfolded.

    Ninth inning: Red Sox 9, Dodgers 6

    Bottom: Craig Kimbrel took the mound for Boston and walked Brian Dozier. Enrique Hernandez then hit a two-run homer to trim the Sox’ lead to 9-6. Max Muncy grounded out for the first out of the inning. Justin Turner singled on a base hit to left field. Manny Machado grounded out, and Turner advanced to second. Cody Bellinger worked a full count and popped out to end the game.

    Top: Dylan Floro came in for Kenley Jansen. Eduardo Nunez popped out in foul territory on Floro’s first pitch. Brock Holt then doubled on a bouncing grounder that stayed fair down the third-base line. Rafael Devers, pinch-hitting for Sandy Leon, singled up the middle to drive in Holt, putting the Sox on top 5-4.

    With a runner on first and one out, Blake Swihart, pinch-hitting for Joe Kelly, grounded out. Devers advanced to second. Floro intentionally walked Mookie Betts to put runners on first and second. Alex Wood replaced Floro to face Andrew Benintendi, who reached first on a soft-hit grounder to load the bases.

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    Then Kenta Maeda replaced Wood on the mound. Steve Pearce then hit a three-run double. Maeda intentionally walked J.D. Martinez to put runners on first and second.

    Xander Bogaerts singled on a line drive into left-center to drive in Pearce, extending Boston’s lead to 9-4. Martinez advanced to third. Eduardo Nunez flied out to end the five-run ninth inning.

    Eighth inning: Red Sox 4, Dodgers 4

    Bottom: Joe Kelly remained on the mound. Manny Machado singled up the middle to open the inning. Cody Bellinger struck out swinging for the first out. On a grounder up the middle from Yasiel Puig, Brock Holt got the forceout at second, but the throw wasn’t in time at first. With a runner on and two out, Chris Taylor’s grounder rolled past a diving Eduardo Nunez for a single. Puig advanced to third. Yasmani Grandal struck out swinging to end the inning and leave two runners stranded.

    Top: Kenley Jansen, who worked two innings in Game 3, took the mound for LA. After Andrew Benintendi grounded out, Steve Pearce hit a solo bomb to tie the game. J.D. Martinez struck out swinging and Xander Bogaerts popped out to end the inning.

    Los Angeles, CA - 10/27/2018 - Red Sox Steve Pearce reacts his solo home run while rounding second base in the eighth inning. Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium. (
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    Steve Pearce celebrates his solo home run while rounding second base in the seventh inning.

    Seventh inning: Dodgers 4, Red Sox 3

    Bottom: Joe Kelly took the mound for Boston and struck out Joc Pederson to open the inning. After Enrique Hernandez lined out, Max Muncy singled on a base hit to left field. Justin Turner popped out to end the inning.

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    Top: Rich Hill remained on the mound for LA and walked Xander Bogaerts on six pitches. Hill then struck out Eduardo Nunez on three pitches, his seventh K of the night. Hill was replaced by lefty Scott Alexander, who then walked Brock Holt on four pitches to put runners on first and second. Righty Ryan Madson replaced Alexander on the mound. Jackie Bradley Jr., pinch-hitting for Christian Vazquez, then flied out to shallow right. Runners did not advance.

    Mitch Moreland, pinch-hitting for Matt Barnes, blasted a three-run homer right-center to trim the Dodgers’ lead to one.

    Mookie Betts grounded out to end inning.

    Mitch Moreland celebrates his home run with Mookie Betts as Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts look on.
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    Mitch Moreland celebrates his home run with Mookie Betts as Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts look on.

    Mitch Moreland is mobbed in dugout after hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning.
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    Mitch Moreland is mobbed in dugout after hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning.
    Dodgers pitcher Ryan Madison and Mitch Moreland (back center) watch Moreland's three-run home run in the seventh inning.
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    Dodgers pitcher Ryan Madison and Mitch Moreland (back center) watch Moreland's three-run home run in the seventh inning.

    After the Dodgers’ four-run sixth inning was over, Chris Sale screamed "Let's go" to teammates in the dugout.
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    After the Dodgers’ four-run sixth inning was over, Chris Sale screamed "Let's go" to teammates in the dugout.

    Sixth inning: Dodgers 4, Red Sox 0

    Bottom: Eduardo Rodriguez returned for the sixth and opened the inning by drilling David Freese in the leg. Freese took first and was replaced by pinch-runner Enrique Hernandez. Rodriguez then struck out Max Muncy in a three-pitch at-bat: 87 m.p.h. cutter, 92.2 m.p.h. four-seam fastball, and an 86 m.p.h. slider. Justin Turner then doubled on a grounder down the third-base line to put runners on second and third. Rodriguez intentionally walked Manny Machado to load the bases.

    Cody Bellinger hit an infielder grounder that Steve Pearce threw to the plate for the forceout at home. Catcher Christian Vazquez’s throw back to first, however, got away from Pearce, allowing Turner to score. Machado advanced to third, and Bellinger reached first.

    With runners on the corners and two out, Rodriguez remained in the game to face Yasiel Puig, who launched a three-run homer to give the Dodgers a 4-0 lead. Rodriguez threw his glove on the mound following the blast.

    Matt Barnes replaced Rodriguez on the mound, but walked Chris Taylor on six pitches. Austin Barnes struck out swinging to end the inning.

    Yasiel Puig celebrated his three-run home run while Eduardo Rodriguez threw his glove to the ground in the sixth inning.
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    Yasiel Puig celebrated his three-run home run while Eduardo Rodriguez threw his glove to the ground in the sixth inning.

    Top: Rich Hill retired the side in order: Andrew Benintendi grounded out, Steve Pearce lined out to left field, and J.D. Martinez also lined out. Benintendi does not have a hit in his last seven at-bats, including three tonight. Hill has given up just one hit through six innings. His pitch count: 82, 53 for strikes.

    Fifth inning: Red Sox 0, Dodgers 0

    Bottom: Eduardo Rodriguez retired the side in order: Chris Taylor struck out (Rodriguez’s fifth K of the night), Austin Barnes grounded out on the second pitch of his at-bat, and Rich Hill grounded out to end a six-pitch at-bat and the inning. Rodriguez’s pitch mix in the frame: One cutter, one changeup, two two seamers, nine four seamers. His pitch count: 80, 51 for strikes.

    Top: Brock Holt grounded out on the second pitch to start the inning. Christian Vazquez, two pitches after hitting a foul ball that was very close to being a home run, singled on a line drive to left. Eduardo Rodriguez struck out looking, and Mookie Betts flied out to the warning track to end the inning and leave Vazquez stranded. Rich Hill’s pitch count: 70, 45 for strikes.

    The Red Sox have two runs in the last 23 innings and none in the last 10 innings.

    Fourth inning: Red Sox 0, Dodgers 0

    Bottom: Lead-off man Justin Turner singled to right field, the base hit coming off of a 94.1 m.p.h. two-seam fastball. Eduardo Rodriguez then struck out Manny Machado to end an eight-pitch at-bat, Rodriguez’s third K of the night. Cody Bellinger, who fouled a ball off of his right shin, prompting a visit from the trainer and manager Dave Roberts, struck out swinging. Rodriguez got him on an 87.8 m.p.h. cutter for his fourth K. Yasiel Puig popped out on the first pitch to end the inning. Rodriguez’s pitch count: 67, 43 for strikes.

    Top: J.D. Martinez struck out swinging for the first out. Hill induced two swings and misses in the at-bat, both on four-seam fastballs. Martinez has now struck out four times in this series. For context, he struck out four times in five ALCS games and did not strike out in the ALDS.

    Xander Bogaerts then grounded out for the second out. He has one hit and has struck out five times in 17 at-bats this series.

    Eduardo Nunez struck out swinging to end the inning, Rich Hill’s fifth K of the night.

    Hill’s pitch count: 57, 36 for strikes.

    Mookie Betts in the dugout during the fourth inning.
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    Mookie Betts in the dugout during the fourth inning.

    Third inning: Red Sox 0, Dodgers 0

    Bottom: Eduardo Rodriguez retired the side in order: Rich Hill’s bunt popped out to first, David Freese flied out to right, and Max Muncy, in a seven-pitch at-bat, flied out to left. Rodriguez’s pitch mix in the frame: five cutters, four four-seam fastballs, and two two-seam fastballs. He touched 95.4 m.p.h. on his four seamer. Rodriguez’s pitch count: 48, 31 for strikes.

    Top: Hill pegged Rodriguez on the elbow/forearm with an 86.3-mile per hour fastball to put a runner on first. Rodriguez winced after getting hit by the pitch. Mookie Betts hit a slow roller down the third-base line, and Rodriguez was forced out at second on a throw by Justin Turner. Betts reached first. Andrew Benintendi and Steve Pearce both popped out to end the inning. Hill’s pitch count: 46, 27 for strikes.

    Second inning: Red Sox 0, Dodgers 0

    Bottom: Cody Bellinger grounded out on the first pitch of the frame, a 92.8 two seamer, before Yasiel Puig flied out to center. Chris Taylor then recorded a base hit off an 87.8 m.p.h. changeup, sending a line drive to left field. Austin Barnes was called out on strikes to end the inning. Eduardo Rodriguez got him on a 94.1 m.p.h. four seamer, an 88.2 m.p.h. changeup, and an 89.9 m.p.h. cutter. Rodriguez’s pitch count: 37, 23 for strikes.

    Top: Xander Bogaerts popped out on the first pitch of the inning, an 82.9 m.p.h. four-seam fastball. Eduardo Nunez then struck out on three pitches, swinging and missing on a 90.8 m.p.h. four seamer for the K, Rich Hill’s third of the game. Hill walked Brock Holt on five pitches to put a runner on first for the second straight inning. Christian Vazquez flied out to the warning track to end the inning. Hill’s pinch count: 32, 19 for strikes.

    First inning: Red Sox 0, Dodgers 0

    Bottom: Eduardo Rodriguez struck out David Freese on four pitches for the first out, getting Freese to swing and miss on the final two strikes: A 94 m.p.h. two seamer and a 94.7 m.p.h. four seamer. Max Munch grounded out after a seven-pitch at-bat, then Rodriguez walked Justin Turner on a seven pitches. Manny Machado flied out to right-center end the inning. Rodriguez’s pitch count: 24, 14 for strikes.

    Top: With Rich Hill on the mound, Mookie Betts struck out swinging to open the game. It was a six-pitch at-bat in which Hill fired three curved balls and three four-seam fastballs. Hill got Betts on a 75.6 mile-per-hour curveball. Andrew Benintendi followed that up by flying out to left field before Hill walked Steve Pearce on six pitches. J.D. Martinez struck out swinging for the final out of the frame. Martinez fouled off on a 75 m.p.h. four seamer and then swung and missed at a 7.4. m.p.h. curveball and a 90.1 m.p.h. four seamer. Hill’s pitch count: 19, 12 for strikes.

    Rich Hill struck out two in the opening frame.
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    Rich Hill struck out two in the opening frame.
    Mookie Betts walked off after striking out in the first inning.
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    Mookie Betts walked off after striking out in the first inning.

    Pregame scenes and notes

    Dennis Eckersley and Kirk Gibson before Game 4 .
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    Dennis Eckersley and Kirk Gibson before Game 4 .

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (left) and Red Sox manager Alex Cora (right) ran into each ohter by chance on the field around two and a half hours before the first pitch of Game 4 and they exhanged a hug.
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    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (left) and Red Sox manager Alex Cora (right) ran into each other by chance on the field around two and a half hours before the first pitch of Game 4 and they exhanged a hug.
    A view from the visitors’ dugout at Dodger Stadium.
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    A view from the visitors’ dugout at Dodger Stadium.

    Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale before the game.
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    Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale before the game.

    Red Sox pitcher Craig Kimbrel tosses the ball before the game.
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    Red Sox pitcher Craig Kimbrel tosses the ball before the game.
    Chris Sale is silhouetted with the outfield at Dodger Stadium in the background.
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    Chris Sale is silhouetted with the outfield at Dodger Stadium in the background.

    Red Sox pitcher Chris sale was hustling off the field to get to his pregame press conference when someone he knew shouted out to him, and he quickly turned around and went back to speak to him.
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    Red Sox pitcher Chris sale was hustling off the field to get to his pregame press conference when someone he knew shouted out to him, and he quickly turned around and went back to speak to him.
    Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello got in some running in the outfield before Game 4.
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    Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello got in some running in the outfield before Game 4.

    Lineup notes

      LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (0-0, 6.23 ERA) and LHP Rich Hill (0-0, 2.61 ERA) are the starting pitchers.

      Rodriguez, who is making his first career playoff start tonight, pitched of an inning in Game 3, facing one batter and throwing six pitches.

    “He’s rested; he’s strong. He’s been staying in his routine,” manager Alex Cora said. “As long as the stuff is there, we’ll go with him. As hard as he can for as long as he can.”

    In 13 career appearances against NL teams, Rodriguez is 5-2 with a 3.46 ERA. In four appearances against NL teams this year, he is 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA.

      Only Chris Sale and Nathan Eovaldi are not available to pitch for the Sox tonight.

      Hill was scheduled to be the starter, then the Dodgers said after Game 3 that the starter was TBA, then on Saturday they named Hill the starter. Hill did not pitch in Game 3.

      Andrew Benintendi replaces Jackie Bradley Jr. in the lineup. Benintendi is in left field, Mookie Betts in center, and J.D. Martinez in right.

    RED SOX (2-1)DODGERS (1-2)
    Betts CFFreese 1B
    Benintendi LFMuncy 2B
    Pearce 1BTurner 3B
    Martinez RFMachado SS
    Bogaerts SSBellinger CF
    Nunez 3BPuig RF
    Holt 2BTaylor LF
    Vazquez CBarnes C
    Rodriguez PHill P

      In Game 3, LA and Boston combine to set a postseason record for most players used (46) and most pitchers used (18). Sox pitchers Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz and Dodgers pitchers Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu were the only four of 50 active players who did not play.

      Check out Peter Abraham’s full game preview for more notes and nuggets.

    Pregame reading

      Alex Speier: Alex Cora lost an all-in bet, and the consequences are significant. (Read more)

      Tara Sullivan: Hang around the Red Sox long enough and you start to recognize some of the phrases and expressions that have become their mantras. One of the words to pop up with regularity is “flush,” as in this team’s season-long ability to flush a bad night down the (ahem) drain the moment it’s over. That ability will be tested now more than ever. (Read more)

      The Red Sox played a flawed Game 3 and it scrambled this series. (Read more)

      Chad Finn: Game 3 was sports torture, the kind that leaves you wondering why you stayed up, the kind that you never need to see on television again, because you’ve already replayed it so many times in your mind. That, and 17 other thoughts on the Sox’ Game 3 loss. (Read more)

      13 mind-boggling stats from longest World Series game ever. (Read more)

    Peter Abraham of the Globe staff contributed to this report.