2018 World Series

Eight outs from a tied Series, Dodgers and Roberts left reeling

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LOS ANGELES — Eight outs.

That's all the Dodgers needed to build on the momentum from their marathon 18-inning Game 3 victory with another win in Game 4 — they led 4-0 with one out in the seventh inning — to even the World Series at 2-2 and make it a best of three.

And then Dave Roberts strode to the mound to some boos from the home fans to remove southpaw starter and (Milton native) Rich Hill ... and it was all downhill from there.

From that point on, the Red Sox, who had managed just one hit and had yet to advance a runner to second base against Hill, put up nine runs on eight hits to win 9-6 and take a commanding 3-1 series lead.

"It is a tough loss," Roberts said. "Any loss in a World Series is difficult, obviously, but now we're in a situation where we're do-or-die. To their credit, they fought back and won a baseball game. So now it's kind of we've just got to bow our necks and try to win a baseball game and it's one day at a time."

Roberts said that in the Dodgers' sixth inning, when they took a 4-0 lead on a Red Sox error and three-run homer by Yasiel Puig, he had a conversation with Hill that led Roberts to believe that Hill was tiring.