Donald Trump said LA Dodgers boss Dave Roberts made a big mistake as Boston Red Sox celebrated a commanding 3-1 World Series lead.
The Red Sox were trailing by a four-run deficit before overcoming the odds and producing a brilliant 9-6 victory to take another step closer to glory in the best-of-seven series.
And US President Trump believes it was Roberts’ fault for pulling the Dodgers’ starting pitcher Rich Hill in the seventh innings.
Trump tweeted: "Watching the Dodgers/Red Sox final innings. It is amazing how a manager takes out a pitcher who is loose & dominating through almost 7 innings, Rich Hill of Dodgers, and brings in nervous reliever(s) who get shellacked. 4 run lead gone. Managers do it all the time, big mistake!"
The Red Sox scored five runs in the top of the ninth behind RBI hits by Rafael Devers, Steve Pearce and Xander Bogaerts to complete the comeback and put themselves one win away from their fourth World Series title since 2004.
The game was played the day after the Dodgers won a marathon 18-inning, seven hour and 20 minute contest.
The Dodgers appeared to have the win in hand when Yasiel Puig smashed a three-run home run in the sixth inning to give the home team a 4-0 lead.
But then Dodgers boss Roberts pulled starting pitcher Hill despite the starter only giving up one hit and dominating Boston’s line up.
Struggling reliever Ryan Madson gave up a three-run home run to pinch hitter Mitch Moreland later in the inning to cut the Dodgers lead to one.
Roberts then brought closer Kenley Jansen in to try and pitch out the final two innings but the move backfired when Steve Pearce hit a solo home run to tie the game at 4-4.
The floodgates opened for Boston in the top of the final frame with the biggest hit coming from Pearce, whose bases clearing double drove in Devers, Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi in the five-run ninth.
Kiki Hernandez cut the lead with a two-run home run in the bottom of half of inning but it was not enough for the Dodgers, who are trying to win their first title in 30 years.
Roberts defended his controversial decision to pull Hill, telling reporters after the game that the lefty told him he was tiring.
"He said, ‘Keep an eye on me. I’m going to give it everything I have. Let’s go hitter to hitter and just keep an eye on me,’" Roberts said.
"So right there, I know Rich did everything he could, competed, left everything out there."
The loss is the Dodgers’ first of the season when they had a four run lead. They had been 54-0 in those games before Saturday.
Game Five will be played at Dodger Stadium and will feature a clash of left-handed aces with David Price taking the mound for the Red Sox and Clayton Kershaw getting the call for the Dodgers.
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