Roberts told reporters separately that Hill told him to monitor him during the seventh inning. This time, with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth, Cody Bellinger hit a hard grounder right at Pearce at first, setting up a force out at home. That Titanic lady's got nothin' on this game.
"There's some guys that we wanted to stay away from today, namely (Ryan) Madson, Julio (Urias)", Roberts said.
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.
In the bottom half, Max Muncy drew a leadoff walk and tagged up when Nunez caught a foul pop and tumbled into the third base stands. It appeared to work, because Steve Pearce followed Mitch Moreland's three-run shot in the seventh with a solo homer in the eighth to tie things up.
After Hill left to a standing ovation, Boston's feast on the Dodgers' relievers began.
Both teams squandered numerous chances.
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The Dodgers munched on peanut butter and banana sandwiches provided by a team employee, and hung the bananas to produce fruitful luck - harkening back to the rally banana credited by Enrique Hernandez for helping end a 35-inning scoreless streak three years ago.
Boston had runners at the corners in the 10th. J.D. Martinez is hitting.214 (3-for-14) with a.353 on-base percentage.
LOS ANGELES - All season, the Los Angeles Dodgers have danced along the edge of a great precipice.
The game began in 78-degree heat - 31 degrees warmer than at Fenway Park for the first two games.
Pearce was an unlikely candidate to join that lineage as the latest postseason hero in Boston's long October history, but the 12-year major league veteran who joined the Red Sox in June did it twice. But he's got tremendous stuff.
In the 13th inning, Boston took the lead for the first time, but the response was immediate from the Dodgers when with two outs, Yasiel Puig stepped up and hit the ball to Boston second baseman Ian Kinsler.
Dodgers: Hill is 0-0 with a 2.61 ERA this postseason, starting once in the NLDS against Atlanta and once in the NLCS against Milwaukee. Prior to Game 4, Cora implied that Price would be available in relief, so that's in some ways a positive sign insofar as his current fatigue level is concerned.