Boston, Massachusetts - The Los Angeles Dodgers failed to have a batter reach base over the final 5 1/3 innings against four Boston Red Sox pitchers after taking their first lead of the World Series in a 4-2 loss Wednesday evening at Boston’s Fenway Park.
The victory gives the Red Sox a two games to none lead in the best-of-seven series. Of the 54 teams that have taken 2-0 Series leads, 43 have gone on to win the championship, including each of the last 10 occasions.
Game 3 will be played Friday at Dodger Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 5:09PT
The Dodgers were held to three hits, all in the fourth inning, as they scored twice to take a 2-1 lead.
David Freese led off with a single and moved to second on Manny Machado’s single. Chris Taylor walked to load the bases. Freese scored on Matt Kemp’s sacrifice fly. Yasiel Puig singled one out later, driving in Machado.
Left-hander David Price struck out Austin Barnes for the final out of the inning, then retired the side in order in the fifth and sixth. Right-hander Joe Kelly, a Corona High School and UC Riverside alumnus, retired all three batters he faced in the seventh, striking out two.
Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi pitched a perfect eighth, striking out the first batter he faced, Cody Bellinger.
Right-hander Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for the save.
Price was credited with his second victory in seven days after going 0-9 as a postseason starter before Thursday, allowing three hits and two runs in six innings, striking out five and walking three.
Price had shut out the Houston Astros over six innings, allowing three hits, striking out nine and not walking a batter in Boston’s 4-1 series-clinching victory in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series Thursday.
The Dodgers were one-for-three with runners in scoring position, left four runners on base and struck out eight times.
Reliever Ryan Madson was on the mound for the second consecutive game when Boston took the lead for good.
The Dodgers had taken their first lead of the Series with two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Boston took a 4-2 lead with three runs in the bottom of the fifth, all charged to starter Hyun-Jin Ryu but all crossing the plate with Madson on the mound.
Ryu retired the first two batters he faced in the inning, Ian Kinsler and Jackie Bradley Jr. Christian Vazquez and Mookie Betts singled and Andrew Benintendi walked to load the bases, prompting Dodger manager Dave Roberts to replace Ryu with Madson.
Madson walked Steve Pearce to force in Vazquez. Two pitches later, J.D. Martinez singled, driving in Betts and Benintendi.
Ryu was charged with the loss, allowing four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings, striking out five and walking one.
In Tuesday’s Game 1, Madson relived Clayton Kershaw and was pitching when the Red Sox scored broke a tie with their fourth run and added their fifth en route to an 8-4 victory.
Boston opened the Game 2 scoring in the second inning when Ian Kinsler’s two-out single drove in Xander Bogaerts who doubled with one out. Now the Red Sox are 2 games away from reaching the Major League Baseball summit and being the 2018 World Series Champions.