Dodgers' marathon win over Red Sox smashes records

LOOKING GOOD Ryan Doyle’s view from his Fenway suite was tough to beat. Staff

Credit Stuart Cahill LOOKING GOOD Ryan Doyle’s view from his Fenway suite was tough to beat. Staff

The Red Sox' plan was to start former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi in Game 4, but he hurled six-plus innings Friday night which takes him out of the picture for Saturday.

Fatigue down on the diamond was obvious but there was eventually a victor - Max Muncy's walk-off home run to left field creeping over the wall and making for a fine conclusion.

All of it led to an instant classic of a ballgame that would be thrilling to rewatch if doing so didn't take longer than a flight from NY to London.

But the Dodgers, chasing their first World Series title in 30 years, needed a record 18 innings and a record seven hours 20 minutes to avoid being pushed into a 0-3 series hole from which only one team - the 2004 Red Sox in the American League Championship Series - have ever escaped.

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The Red Sox were oh-so-close in the 13th to taking a huge 3-0 lead.

The teams combined to use 46 players, 27 position players and 19 pitchers - if you count Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw's pinch-hit at-bat. Babe Ruth pitched a complete game in that one. "I told AC, 'I'm good". Overall, manager Dave Roberts was confident.

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Game 4 is later Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Like I said, counting outs, looking at the pen, we're in good shape.

A story in Bleacher Report quoted Red Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie being frustrated with Manny Machado for stealing the Red Sox' signs in an obvious way during Game 2.

Kinsler's first big spot: Getting hosed from center field by Cody Bellinger with the game tied 1-1 to end the top of the 10th. He was 2-for-5 with two walks, a single and homer last night. Nunez hit a slow roller between the mound and first base that Alexander fielded, but his throw to first was wide and trickled past the bag and down the line.

However, despite one dramatic turn after another on the field and Max Muncy living the dream with that walk-off homer well after midnight PT at the bottom of the 18th, the ratings for Fox did not hold out as long as the fans on Friday. Lost the lead in the eighth inning when Jackie Bradley Jr.'s two-out homer matched Joc Pederson's shot in the third.

Now they get to come back this evening and do it all over again.

There have been only two NBA Finals games needing the extra 15 minutes of three overtimes, Boston's victory over Phoenix in 1976 and the Suns' win over Chicago in 1993.

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