2018 World Series

Bedard: Ian Kinsler, top of lineup come up short as possible 3-0 lead slips away

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LOS ANGELES — The Red Sox were one throw — or one more defensive at-bat — from taking a commanding 3-0 lead in the World Series over the Dodgers, something no team has ever come back from.

But then second baseman Ian Kinsler threw the ball past first base, allowing the tying run to score in the 13th inning. Five innings and untold pitches later, the Red Sox fell to the Dodgers 3-2 and now face the prospect of the series being 2-2 if Los Angeles can scrape together another victory on Saturday night.

But if this is ultimately just a speed bump on the Red Sox' road to their fourth World Championship in the past 15 seasons, then it will be a mere footnote.

There's no question, however, that right now, it's a play that looms very large — especially for Kinsler.