The Boston Red Sox took a commanding 2-0 lead in the World Series with a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead into the fifth, but the Red Sox got great defense from Andrew Benintendi in the top half of the inning, and then scored three runs in the bottom half to take a 4-2 lead.

After Steve Pearce drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game 2-2, J.D. Martinez blooped this two-run single into right field in what would serve as the game-winning hit:

Boston starting pitcher David Price was rock-solid, allowing two earned runs over six innings. And the Red Sox bullpen — Joe Kelly, Nathan Eovaldi, and Craig Kimbrel — didn’t allow a baserunner over the final three innings to lock up the Game 2 victory.

So, in order to win the World Series, the Dodgers will have to beat a 108-win Red Sox team four out of five times, and the last two games obviously don’t provide much confidence in that happening.

Both FanGraphs and Five Thirty Eight give the Red Sox an 84% chance to win the World Series (FanGraphs specifically says 83.6%; forgive us for rounding up), so that means just a 16% chance for the Dodgers.

It goes without saying that Game 3 is — for all intents and purposes — a must-win game for the Dodgers. While crazier things have happened, beating this Red Sox team four straight times would take quite the performance (and would take very good luck).

Rookie fire-balling sensation Walker Buehler gets the crucial Game 3 start for Los Angeles, while veteran right-hander Rick Porcello takes the mound for Boston. The next three games — if necessary — are in Los Angeles, with Game 3 on Friday at 8:09 PM ET/5:09 PM PT at Dodger Stadium.

About Matt Clapp

Matt is an editor at The Comeback. He attended Colorado State University, wishes he was Saved by the Bell's Zack Morris, and idolizes Larry David. And loves pizza and dogs because obviously.

He can be followed on Twitter at @Matt2Clapp (also @TheBlogfines for Cubs/MLB tweets and @DaBearNecess for Bears/NFL tweets), and can be reached by email at