LOS ANGELES — Steve Pearce hit a tying homer in the eighth off normally dominant closer Kenley Jansen and a three-run double in the ninth, and the Boston Red Sox rallied from a four-run deficit in the seventh inning for a 9-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night and a 3-1 World Series lead.
The improbable surge all started with pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland’s three-run homer in the seventh, shortly after Yasiel Puig’s three-run homer off Eduardo Rodriguez, who had pitched well up until then, in the sixth had put the Dodgers up 4-0.
Pinch-hitter Rafael Devers singled in Brock Holt with the tiebreaking run in the ninth, with also included Xander Bogaert’s RBI single.
Craig Kimbrel gave up Enrique Hernandez’s two-run homer in the bottom half before getting the final three outs.
Chris Sale starts for the Red Sox on Sunday against Clayton Kershaw, tying to close out Boston’s fourth title in 15 seasons.
Game 3 was the longest in World Series, going 18 innings and more than seven hours. This one took awhile, but fortunately for the sleep-deprived, no extras were required Saturday night for the Red Sox to move within one win of sending the Dodgers to a World Series defeat for a second straight season.