BOSTON (CBSLA/AP) — The Dodgers, playing in Boston, in a wild extra-inning game, that seemed like it would never end. Big stars in the crowd, lots of close plays, clutch bullpenning?! Hmmm. Sounds familiar.
The only question was — would this extra innings affair go as long as last year’s 18-inning extravaganza?
The answer: No. But close.
Max Muncy drew a bases-loaded walk and Alex Verdugo had an RBI single during a three-run 12th inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 Sunday night in another late-night showdown of last year’s pennant winners.
After playing 18 innings spanning 7 hours, 20 minutes in Game 3 of last year’s World Series, the teams needed 5:40 (the length of two games) to decide this series finale. It was Los Angeles’ third win in 14 tries (including World Series games) at Fenway Park.
Boosted by a large and loud contingent of Dodgers fans that were heard the entire weekend, Los Angeles took the final two of a three-game set against the defending champs and sent Boston to its first interleague series loss in Fenway Park since losing to the Chicago Cubs in 2014.
Boston rallied with back-to-back homers from Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez in the eighth against Pedro Báez but then stranded seven runners over the final four innings.
Los Angeles’ Joc Pederson opened the 12th with a walk against Hector Velázquez (1-4), and Cody Bellinger was awarded first base by the umpires when he collided with the pitcher as he was running down the line after first baseman Brock Holt bobbled his grounder. A.J. Pollock singled before Muncy drew his go-ahead walk. Verdugo then singled, making it 6-4. A third run came on Russell Martin’s fielder’s choice.
Dylan Floro (4-2) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the victory. Former Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly struck out the final two batters for his first save.
Pollock hit a short three-run homer down the right field line in the first inning against David Price and added an RBI single.
NL All-Star starter Hyun-Jin Ryu went seven solid innings, allowing two runs on eight hits, striking out six and walking one.
Wearing a small paw print on his cap in honor of his dog Astro, who died during the All-Star break, Price gave up four runs, one earned, in five innings, allowing four hits, striking out seven and walking three on a season-high 113 pitches.
Pollock’s homer sliced into the first row — estimated at 326 feet — just beyond the Pesky Pole. He was smiling rounding second, maybe about the short distance it traveled.
Boston scored twice in the first with three infield singles to short mixed into the five singles. Benintendi beat out a bases-loaded grounder that shortstop Chris Taylor made a diving stop on, and Bogaerts, originally on second, raced home for the second run when Taylor’s throw bounced past first.
PERSONAL BP PITCHER
With the Red Sox starting three lefties in the series, left-handed hitting Pederson wasn’t in the starting lineup any games.
So, what did the Dodgers due to help him stay ready?
They flew in minor league right-hander Markus Solbach from Arizona to pitch batting practice to him before the teams took BP.
Singer/actor Jennifer Lopez, the fiancée of ESPN analyst Alex Rodriguez, watched from the Green Monster seats behind the Sunday Night Baseball crew.
Dodgers: Manager Dave Roberts rested SS Corey Seager until he pinch hit in the 11th inning and stayed in. Roberts said he’s planning on playing him the next three days in Philadelphia. … Taylor was hit near the left wrist by a fastball by Heath Hembree and came out in the 12th.
Red Sox: Placed knuckleballer Steven Wright on the 10-day injured list a day after he was hit on the right foot by Muncy’s liner and added Andrew Cashner, acquired from Baltimore on Saturday for two minor leaguers, to the roster. … 1B Mitch Moreland (strained right quadriceps) worked out and got treatment with the team.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 3.09 ERA) is slated to pitch the opener of a four-game series in Philadelphia. RHP Zack Eflin (7-8, 3.78) is scheduled for the Phillies.
Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (6-7, 5.33) is set to start the first of a four-game set in Fenway against Toronto RHP Trent Thornton (3-6, 4.85).
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