NEW YORK — The third time was the charm Tuesday night for the Philadelphia Phillies http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-aaron-loup-jersey
, who finally earned a win on a night in which the Atlanta Braves lost. The Phillies will look to continue a last-ditch attempt to get back into the National League East race Wednesday night when they host the New York Mets in the finale of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.The Phillies evened the series Tuesday night when Jorge Alfaro’s three-run homer capped a five-run sixth inning in a 5-2 victory. The win, coupled with the Braves’ 8-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, pulled Philadelphia within 5 1/2 games of first-place Atlanta, which has a magic number of seven for winning the division.Article continues below ...The Braves have dropped three straight, but the Phillies failed to make up ground when they lost to the Miami Marlins on Sunday and the Mets on Monday.Another win on Wednesday — when the Phillies’ Zach Eflin (10-7, 4.26 ERA) is scheduled to oppose the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard (12-3, 3.26) in a battle of right-handers — will provide Philadelphia some valuable momentum heading Thursday, when it begins a make-or-break four-game series in Atlanta against the Braves. The two teams are also scheduled to finish the season with a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.“We have a chance, for sure,” Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola told reporters after he allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings Tuesday night. “Seven games against the Braves. Have to go over there Matt Adams Jersey
, but just worry about what we can do and not really worry about the Braves right now.”With their third loss in four games, meanwhile, the Mets (70-81) ensured themselves a second straight non-winning season. They opened the month with 10 wins in the first 13 games, but the late run wasn’t nearly enough to undo the damage New York suffered in going 5-21 in June — the third-worst month, in terms of winning percentage, in franchise history.“We have to do everything we can to make sure a June doesn’t happen again,” first-year Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “Because it derails your whole season.”Eflin stopped a three-start losing streak last Friday when he allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings as the Phillies beat the Marlins 14-2. It was the first time since June 27, a span of 11 starts, in which Eflin allowed fewer than two runs.Syndergaard won his third straight start last Friday, surrendering just three hits over seven scoreless innings as the Mets beat the Boston Red Sox 8-0. He has a 1.99 ERA and has allowed 26 baserunners while striking out 21 over 22 2/3 innings this month.Eflin is 1-3 with a 6.10 ERA in six career starts against the Mets. He split two decisions against New York over the past six weeks http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-kevin-long-jersey
, giving up 10 runs over 9 2/3 innings. Syndergaard is 5-2 with a 2.96 ERA in nine career starts against the Phillies. He allowed four runs and 12 hits over 6 2/3 innings in beating Philadelphia on Sept. 8. The Boston Red Sox are in the position that many thought they would be in as the World Series started. After beating the Los Angeles Dodgers by a 9-6 margin in Game 4, they have a 3-1 lead and are one game away from winning the 2018 World Series.The Red Sox will try to finish off the Dodgers in Game 5 Sunday night at 8:15 p.m. ET at Dodger Stadium. The game will be televised by Fox.World Series ScheduleTuesday: Boston 8, Los Angeles 4Wednesday: Boston 4, Los Angeles 2Friday: Los Angeles 3, Boston 2 (18 innings)Saturday: Boston 9, Los Angeles 6; Boston leads 3-1.Sunday: Red Sox at Dodgers, 8:15 p.m. ETOctober 30 (if necessary): Dodgers at Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETOctober 31 (if necessary): Dodgers at Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETAll World Series games will be televised by Fox.Live Stream:Fox Sports GoRich Hill gave the Dodgers a lift in Game 4, but the bullpen could not hold the lead.David J. Phillip/Associated Press They may be on the edge of their fourth World Series title since 2004 http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-joaquin-benoit-jersey
, but it was anything but easy. The Red Sox were coming off a brutal 18-inning 3-2 defeat in Game 3, and their offense had been lifeless through six innings against 38-year-old Dodger lefty Rich Hill.The Dodgers starter had given up just one hit in the game, but L.A. manager Dave Roberts took him out with a runner on first and one out in the seventh. That turned out to be a pivotal moment.Los Angeles had broken through in the bottom of the sixth inning. The game had been scoreless up to that point, as Eduardo Rodriguez had held the Dodgers to two hits. L.A. got on the board when catcher Christian Vazquez's relay throw to first base went up the line for an error as he tried to complete a double play, and Yasiel Puig added a three-run homer.That blow to left field had the feel of a back-breaker since the Boston offense had been sleeping. But Mitch Moreland turned that around with a three-run home run off Ryan Madson in the top of the seventh inning. That shot deep into the right-field bleachers breathed life into the Red Sox dugout.Joe Kelly blunted the Dodgers in the bottom of the seventh inning, and the Red Sox came to bat in the eighth inning against Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen. A day after giving up a tying home run to Jackie Bradley Jr., he did the same to Steve Pearce."That's a good team over there," Jansen explained after the game on the MLB Network postgame broadcast. "I made one mistake yesterday and one mistake today, and they hit them."Kelly fired another scoreless inning in the bottom of the eighth, and the Red Sox went to work in the ninth. Brock Holt got things started with a one-out double that he sliced down the left field line Ryan Zimmerman Jersey
, and Rafael Devers lined a single to center that scored the go-ahead run.Mookie Betts followed with a walk, and Andrew Benintendi had an infield single before Pearce unloaded the bases with a three-run double to right center. Xander Bogaerts drove in Pearce with a single.Craig Kimbrel was shaky in the ninth, giving up a two-run homer to Kike Hernandez, but the Red Sox wiped their collective brow and took home the win when CodyBellinger flew out to Benintendi to end the game.Pearce credited the Red Sox's pitching for giving the team a chance while the offense struggled in Game 3 and the first six innings of Game 4."Our offense went silent for about 20-plus innings, but our pitchers did a great job," Pearce told MLB Network reporter Heidi Watney. "Then we came to life, and it was a great team win. We still have one more win to go."The Red Sox were expected to send Chris Sale to the mound in Game 5, but Red Sox manager Alex Cora revealed in his postgame press conference that David Price would get the ball and oppose Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers.Cora mentioned the change as he was leaving the press conference, but he came back to explain that he thought Price would have the better matchup and that Sale would pitch in Game 6 if necessary.Price has been solid in his two World Series outings, as he started in Game 2 and pitched in relief in Game 3. He has allowed four hits and two runs while striking out five and walking four.Kershaw was shaky in Game 1 http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-jayson-werth-jersey
, giving up seven hit and five runs (all earned) in 4.0 innings. He struck out five and walked three.The left-hander has been the ace of the Dodgers' staff for years, and while he has lost some velocity in recent years, he should have enough to rise to the occasion.The Red Sox will challenge him and fight hard to win the World Series in Dodger Stadium, but it is going to be difficult to beat the Los Angeles ace at his home ballpark.