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Morning Mound Visit: Dodgers and Red Sox pushed to brink of elimination

Framber Valdez and Drew Smyly outmatched Chris Sale and Julio Urías.

Championship Series - Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Four Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

William Metzger | Crawfish Boxes: Chris Sale made it through five innings relatively unscathed before the Astros exploded for a five-run sixth. The Red Sox didn’t have an answer for Framber Valdez, and Boston ultimately fell to Houston 9-1. The Astros were two innings away from a 3-1 deficit, but 17 runs later, they’re up 3-2 with two more to play back home.

Scott Coleman | Talking Chop: Julio Urías got knocked around, and the Dodgers' offense fell flat again. Eddie Rosario hit two home runs, a triple, and a single to help beat LA 9-2. To make matters worse for the Dodgers, Justin Turner left with an apparent hamstring strain and is likely out for the remainder of the postseason.

Brendan Gawlowski | FanGraphs: Suddenly, Cody Bellinger is the only Dodger who looks alive at the plate. This season might have been over in San Francisco if Bellinger hadn’t made some adjustments to his swing. It certainly would have been over tonight if Bellinger hadn’t managed to homer off a pitch well above the strike zone in Game 3.

Quick Hits

Eddie Rosario made sure the Dodgers weren’t coming back from the dead again with a ninth-inning, three-run homer.

Framber Valdez went eight innings, gave up one run, and allowed just four baserunners.

Adam Duvall did his best impersonation of the wind and took a homer away from Gavin Lux.