By Ron Kaplan, contributor

Ian Kinsler’s two-out RBI single in the second inning put the Boston Red Sox on the board first en route to a 4-2 win over the visiting LA Dodgers on Wednesday night, giving them a 2-0 lead in the Fall Classic.

Things didn’t go quite as well when Kinsler then tried to go from first to third on a single. A miraculous throw by left fielder Chris Taylor passed through Kinsler’s motoring legs and landed on the fly in third baseman Manny Machado’s glove for the out.

Joc Pederson flied out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. He remained in the game as the left-fielder and did not have another turn at bat.

The teams take a break before resuming action tonight (Friday) in Los Angeles.

Ron Kaplan (@RonKaplanNJ) hosts Kaplan’s Korner, a blog about Jews and sports. He is the author of three books, including The Jewish Olympics: The History of the Maccabiah Games and Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War.

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