Marathon man Muncy gives Dodgers new life

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LOS AN­GE­LES — Ex­hausted yet ex­hil­a­rated, the Dodgers fi­nally ended the long­est World Se­ries game in his­tory early Sat­ur­day when Max Muncy’s home run lead­ing off the bot­tom of the 18th in­ning gave them a 3-2 vic­tory that cut the Red Sox’s edge to 2-1 in the best-of-seven matchup.

Muncy home­red to left­cen­ter on a full-count pitch from Nathan Eo­valdi, end­ing a game that lasted 7 hours, 20 min­utes.

“The feel­ing was just pure joy and in­cred­i­ble ex­cite­ment,” Muncy said.

The Red Sox were oh, so close in the 13th to tak­ing a com­mand­ing 3-0 Se­ries lead. But se­cond base­man Ian Kinsler’s wide throw on a two-out grounder by Yasiel Puig let the Dodgers score the ty­ing run.

“Had the last out in my glove and couldn’t get it over there,” Kinsler said. “It’s tough to swal­low. I feel like I let the team down right there.”

Af­ter Jackie Bradley Jr.’s eighth-in­ning home run negated Joc Ped­er­son’s third-in­ning shot for the Dodgers, both teams scored on er­rors in the 13th.

“We had some sit­u­a­tions that we could have put them away and then we didn’t,” Red Sox man­ager Alex Cora said. “At the end we paid the price.”

Muncy came very close to end­ing it in the bot­tom of the 15th. But his shot to right sailed just foul, and he ended up strik­ing out.

“I re­ally thought I had it,” Muncy said. “That was kind of de­feat­ing at that point, but I was able to get an­other shot.”

The bat­tle of at­tri­tion had a bit of every­thing: 46 play­ers, in­clud­ing 18 pitch­ers, and 561 pitches. Never had a Se­ries game gone more than 14 in­nings.

“What a ball­game. What a marathon,” Dodgers third base­man Justin Turner said. “Un­be­liev­able fight from our club.”

Game 4 was Sat­ur­day night at Dodger Sta­dium. Eo­valdi had been sched­uled to start for the Red Sox, but he threw 97 pitches over six-plus in­nings in re­lief. So Ed­uardo Ro­driguez started Game 4 against the Dodgers’ Rich Hill.

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