Exhausted yet exhilarated, the Dodgers headed home for a catnap, while the Red Sox may toss and turn thinking about one that got away. Max Muncy's home run leading off the bottom of the 18th inning finally ended the longest World Series game in history early Saturday, giving Los Angeles a 3-2 victory over Boston that drew the Dodgers to 2-1 in the best-of-seven matchup, the AP reports. Muncy homered to left-center on a full-count pitch from Nathan Eovaldi, jolting remaining fans to their feet at 12:30am local time (3:30am EDT). A grinning Muncy tossed his helmet aside as he headed for third in the final scene of a pivotal game that lasted 7 hours, 20 minutes. "The feeling was just pure joy and incredible excitement," he said. The Dodgers mobbed Muncy at home plate, celebrating a shot that pulled them back from the brink of a 3-0 Series deficit no team has ever come back from.
The Red Sox could only rue their near-miss. They were oh-so-close in the 13th to taking a commanding Series lead. But veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler's wide throw on a two-out grounder by Yasiel Puig let Los Angeles score the tying run. "Had the last out in my glove and couldn't get it over there. It's tough to swallow," Kinsler said. "I feel like I let the team down right there," he said. Noted Red Sox manager Alex Cora: "It was just a bad night." Previously, the longest postseason game by time was San Francisco's 18-inning win over Washington that took 6 hours, 23 minutes during the 2014 NL Division Series. The only other playoff game to last 18 innings was Houston's victory over Atlanta in the 2005 NLDS. The Red Sox had won six straight games, starting in the ALCS, and had been 5-0 on the road this postseason. (Touching thing Mookie Betts did after Game 2.)