World Series 2018: Chris Sale delivers fiery speech in Game 4 to spark Red Sox rally

The Red Sox rallied late in Game 4 of the World Series to walk away with a 9-6 victory over the Dodgers, but there was more to Boston’s rebound than just playing better. 

Pitcher Chris Sale delivered a fiery speech while the Red Sox were down 4-0 in the seventh inning, which pulled Boston out of its rut and ultimately led to the Red Sox taking a 3-1 lead in the series. 

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“I was down in the tunnel, and I heard someone yelling,” second baseman Brock Holt told reporters. “And Mookie came down, he was going down to watch some video. I said, ‘Who’s yelling up there?’ He said ‘Sale.’

“Oh, my god, he was mad at us. I think that kind of lit a fire under everybody. We didn’t want to see him mad anymore. So we decided to start swinging the bats a little bit. And hopefully brings that fire tomorrow.”

Third baseman Rafael Devers echoed a similar sentiment as Holt, saying Sale’s speech was uncharacteristic and a turning point for Boston.

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“At that moment, that was huge because it motivated us,” Rafael Devers said. “It scared me a little bit because I had never seen him yell like that and the words that he was saying, I had never heard that come from him before. But, you know, we came out sluggish and that moment helped us get motivated for the rest of the game.”

Manager Alex Cora joked about Sale’s outburst: “Chris, in the dugout screaming? My English is very limited, so I didn’t understand what he was saying.”

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But the motivational speech appeared to work. Boston scored three runs in the seventh when when Mitch Moreland came off the bench for a pinch-hit, three-run homer off Ryan Madson to make the score 4-3. Then Steve Pearce evened the score in the eighth. Boston had a strong ninth inning with five runs, powered behind Pearce and Devers.

Game 5 of the World Series is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET Sunday. 

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