LOS ANGELES – With a Cody Bellinger throw and a Max Muncy strike, the Los Angeles Dodgers have crawled back into the World Series. It only took the longest game in the history of the Fall classic to do it.
Muncy's dramatic home game in the 18th inning of Boston's Nathan Eovaldi lifted the Dodgers to a 3-2 win in Game 3 of the World Series, which began on Friday but ended on Saturday, leading the Red Sox in the World Series to reduce to 2-1.
It was LA's first Walk-Off Series victory since Kirk Gibson's Game 1 Homer beat the Oakland A's in 1988, which sparked the Dodgers to their last title. Muncy became the first player to hit a game-ending homer in a World Series game in 201
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It was also an act of mercy for everyone at Dodger Stadium and on television. The homer finished a game that lasted 7 hours, 20 minutes and ended at 3:20 am Boston time. The time of the game would have been long for a double header. It was also the longest World Series Contest of Innings.
According to Stats LLC, the game lasted longer than the entire 1939 World Series when the Yankees swept the Reds in a combined 7 hours, 5 minutes. A record 46 players appeared in the game – 23 for each team. There were two stadium-wide versions of "Take Out to the Ballgame" in the middle of the seventh and 14th innings. A fan on the left side of the tribune might have read all 1,225 pages of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace.
The game endured despite some near misses when it ended in a more reasonable time.
One game extending moment happened in the 13th when the Dodgers tied it to an error. With Muncy on second base and Red Sox, who had not survived a 3-0 lead in the series, Yasiel Puig hit a bottom ball in the middle. Boston's second baseman, Ian Kinsler, stumbled as he played the game, knocking out first baseman Christian Vazquez, which allowed Muncy to go home with a season-saving run.
The breathtaking turn came a few minutes after the 2-1 Brock Holt met second baseman for a throwing error from Dodgers reliever Scott Alexander. If the game had been ended this way, it would have been the first game win that has spotted on a mistake in a World Series game since Game 6 in 1986 – the Bill Buckner game that lives in Red Sox Lore's infamy.  Instead of exorcising that particular demon, the Red Sox must now wonder if some new ones have been shaken up.
Eduardo Nunez hits a fly ball at Center Field and Cody Bellinger makes a great throw home to get Ian Kinsler out.
In a sense, Bellinger helped build the eight-innings race earlier with a defensive gem in the 10th inning. With runners in the corners and one away, Boston pinch hitter Eduardo Nunez praised a high fly ball midfield center.
Bellinger assisted on the ball so that he could grasp it with forward momentum, and uncorked a rocket throw to catcher Austin Barnes, who defeated the pinch runner Kinsler with a full stride and drove the crowd of Dodger Stadium into frenzy  The game was reminiscent of another great throw in a World Series from a Dodger outfielder. In 1974, Joe Ferguson shot Oakland's Bando into Game 1 of this series in what saw some as the biggest hit in Dodgers history. If it was No. 1, Bellinger would have found it.
It was also redeeming for Bellinger, who was intercepted by Boston's David Price with the score in the bottom of Ninth.
Muncy just missed being the hero in the 15th when he hit a two-way in the right field, which just curled up in front of the foul pole.
Boston scored in the eighth match for Jackie Bradley Jr.'s two-out solo Homer to right-wing Dodgers relief ace Kenley Jansen. The blast gave Bradley three homers and 10 RBIs with two outs in this postseason.
Bradley became the fourth player in Red Sox history to hit a binding homer in the eighth inning or later in a World Series game. It was the first such homer for Boston since the famous blast of Bernie Carbo in Game 6 in 1975.
That Bradley was even in the Boston lineup was another feather in the cap of Boston manager Alex Cora, who Plavits has drawn for his decision-making throughout October. Need to find a way J.D. Martinez's bat in the lineup, most thought Bradley was probably the strangest man. Instead, Cora stayed with his regular midfielder and removed Andrew Benintendi from the bench.
The home-run Jansen spoiled a jewel from a trip by Dodgers rookie Walker Buehler. Vicious is really the only word to describe Buehler's achievement.
Buehler was in charge from the beginning and beat Mookie Betts to start his Series debut and feverish Martinez to finish it. Buehler threw a career height of 108 pitches, his number was increased by 26 foulballs by the disciplined Red Sox lineup. As it turned out, the fouling ball offense was all Boston could do against Butler.
Joc Pederson gave the Dodgers the only insult they could muster early in the game as he ripped a Rick Porcello pitch across the fence right field with two outs in the third. It was LA's first hit since Puig's RBI single in the fourth inning of Game 2.
Pederson has become a Home Run King in October in the last two World Series. He now has four homers in the fall classic tied with Gil Hodges for the third highest in Dodgers history. Game 3 was just his sixth career World Series startup.
Boston only managed two singles against Buehler and did not get a runner against Second Base against him. Buehler beat seven, making him the first rookie in the postseason to have four or more wins with those many K's. The 24-year-old also became the second youngest Dodger with a goalless World Series start. Johnny Podres was 23 when he did it in Game 7 of the 1955 series.
After poor performances by the Dodgers midfielder in two losses in Boston, L.A. manager Dave Roberts thought he was discovering the perfect antidote. After Buehler had finished his seven innings, Jansen was called up for the Six-Out-Save. A Bradley Swing Pampered the Plan
The victory allowed the Dodgers not to fall into a 3 – 0 hole, leaving only the Red Sox 2004 – with the help of a famous stolen base from Roberts – off the postseason. Instead of answering questions about this miraculous comeback, Roberts can now focus on the Dodgers' duty to repeat the series in Game 4 on Saturday.
That's when Roberts and his team get up late on the afternoon game.