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Video: Yasiel Puig swats monster home run to give Dodgers 4-0 lead in World Series Game 4

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Through five innings, Boston left-hander Eduardo Rodríguez was dealing. He decorated his first postseason start with six strikeouts and limited the Dodgers to just three bases as he traded scoreless inning after scoreless inning with opposing lefty Rich Hill. And then the sixth inning happened, and the wheels started to fall off.

After inadvertently plunking David Freese and issuing a three-pitch strikeout to knock out Max Muncy, Rodríguez found himself in hot water when Justin Turner roped a line drive down the third base line. The ball skirted just under Eduardo Núñez’s glove and into the left field corner, allowing Turner to reach second base and setting up Manny Machado for a go-ahead run. Rodríguez intentionally walked the slugger, but chaos erupted as Cody Bellinger hit into a force out. Christian Vázquez got the out at home, but his throw to first base ricocheted off of Bellinger’s back and the Dodgers eked out their first run of the night on the catcher’s errant throw.

The kicker: Down 1-0 with two outs and runners at the corners, the right-handed Yasiel Puig stepped up to the plate against Rodríguez and lofted a mammoth 439-footer out to left-center field to give the Dodgers a 4-0 lead.

As expected, it was the last at-bat of the night for Rodríguez, who slammed his glove to the ground in frustration as Puig rounded the bases. The Dodgers currently lead 4-0 in the seventh.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”