Behind a strong outing from starter David Price, the Boston Red Sox won their 117th game of 2018 and their sixth straight postseason victory on Wednesday in Game 2 of the World Series by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-2.
The Red Sox took an early lead off Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu in the bottom of the second, when Xander Bogaerts’ long double off the left-center field portion of the Green Monster put him in position to score on an Ian Kinsler single.
Price looked sharp from the start, allowing no hits over the first three innings before running into his first — and only — trouble in the fourth. David Freese led off the inning with an opposite-field liner that bounced just in front of Mookie Betts’ glove for a single. Manny Machado followed with a single up the middle, then Chris Taylor worked out a full-count walk to load the bases with Dodgers with no outs. Freese would score on a Matt Kemp sacrifice fly, and after an Enrique Hernandez strikeout, Yasiel Puig knocked a single to center that scored Machado to give Los Angeles its first lead of the series.
Ryu looked apt to match Price until things fell apart for him with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. The left-hander left the game after two singles and a walk loaded the bases, and for the second straight night, veteran reliever Ryan Madson allowed all his inherited runners to score. A walk to Steve Pearce forced in the tying run before a J.D. Martinez liner to right field drove home two more.