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Puig provides clutch hit LA has been seeking

Two-out single in fourth gives Dodgers first lead of Series
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BOSTON -- It took more than 12 innings -- and it didn't last long -- but the Dodgers finally took their first lead of the 2018 World Series.

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BOSTON -- It took more than 12 innings -- and it didn't last long -- but the Dodgers finally took their first lead of the 2018 World Series.

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And they did it with a patient approach and discipline at the plate, and not with the long ball.

First baseman David Freese took a pair of pitches before a single to right field to lead off the fourth inning for the Dodgers' first hit of Game 2 on Wednesday night, a 4-2 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Shortstop Manny Machado hit the next pitch up the middle for a single, and Chris Taylor walked on six pitches to load the bases for Matt Kemp.

Freese scored on a sacrifice fly by Kemp to tie the game at 1. Enrique Hernandez battled for nine pitches before striking out. Yasiel Puig hit a single on the first pitch he saw to score Machado and push Los Angeles ahead, 2-1. It was Puig's fifth RBI this postseason, but his first career go-ahead RBI in postseason play.

Boston regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth, when Ryan Madson came on with two outs and issued a bases-loaded walk to Steve Pearce and then allowed a two-run single to J.D. Martinez.

Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook.

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