Dodgers defeat the Red Sox in a marathon World Series Game 3

Dodgers defeat the Red Sox in a marathon World Series Game 3

Dodgers defeat the Red Sox in a marathon World Series Game 3

Last night's 5 PM PT starting Game 3 of the 2018 World Series snared a 9.5/20 rating in the metered markets.

Then came an epic 18-inning stumble that left the pitchers' arms frayed, bodies and minds exhausted. Here are 18 of them.

The Dodgers, now down three games to one, were in prime position to tie the series at two games apiece, protecting a 4-0 lead in Game 4 as late as two out in the top of the seventh inning.

What will the do for an encore tonight? In Game 2, it was very almost pitch No. 93.

Manny Machado had a chance to win it for Los Angeles in the bottom of the 10th, but Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel got him to pop up with two outs and a runner on second. Game 4 took only 3 hours, 57 minutes, but had at least as many dramatic twists. Part of the reason for this is the Red Sox are patient hitters and up their game when runners are in scoring position, while LA's bats see like they're constantly swinging for dingers.

Working on a one-hitter with a 4-0 lead, Rich Hill had just sent Eduardo Nunez down swinging for the first out of the seventh inning.

After being traded this past offseason from the Tigers to the Los Angeles Angels, he was dealt again to the Red Sox at this year's trade deadline. His outing - getting back to recurrent themes - was reminiscent of the seven-inning gem put up by Dodgers rookie Walker Buehler in Game 3.

Other than an opening loss to Houston in the AL Championship Series that seemed like a bump, the Red Sox have approached another title like a marathoner pacing along the course, noting mile markers and counting down to the finish line.

Pearce then repeated the Game 3 feat of Jackie Bradley Jr., who also hit a tying homer off Jansen in the eighth. The Dodgers' bullpen flopped after manager Dave Roberts pulled starter Rich Hill, who dazzled for 6 1/3 innings of one-hit ball.

His team down by a run, Steve Pearce was limbering up outside the Boston dugout before the eighth inning when manager Alex Cora called him back to the bench for a quick word.

Roberts and the Dodgers will try to keep the Series going in Game 5 on Sunday night (8:15 p.m., Fox). Boston was one out away from taking a commanding 3-0 lead, but an error by second baseman Ian Kinsler allowed the Dodgers to tie the game 2-2 in the 13th inning.

He is just the third relief pitcher in World Series history to throw six innings. Walking to the mound, he signalled to the bullpen and Hill was gone.

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