Left fielder Andrew Benintendi made a diving catch with the bases loaded for the final out, and the Boston Red Sox held off the Houston Astros 8-6 on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the AL Championship Series.

Boston Red Sox’s Jackie Bradley Jr., celebrates after his two-run home run with Christian Vazquez off Houston Astros starting pitcher Josh James during the sixth inning in Game 4 of a baseball American League Championship Series on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Boosted by a questionable fan interference call early in a back-and-forth game and a go-ahead homer from Jackie Bradley Jr., the Red Sox moved within one victory of their first World Series trip since winning the 2013 title.

Houston Astros’ Tony Kemp is tagged out at second by Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts during the eighth inning in Game 4 of a baseball American League Championship Series on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Craig Kimbrel earned a shaky six-out save, aided by a rocket throw from right fielder Mookie Betts and Benintendi’s daring grab of Alex Bregman’s sinking liner in left.

Boston Red Sox first baseman Steve Pearce fall into the dugout trying to catch a foul ball hit by Houston Astros’ Josh Reddick during the seventh inning in Game 4 of a baseball American League Championship Series on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Boston Red Sox’s Andrew Benintendi, right, scores past Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado on a single by Xander Bogaerts during the fifth inning in Game 4 of a baseball American League Championship Series on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Boston improved to 4-0 on the road in these playoffs and inched closer to eliminating the defending champions.

Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa watches his RBI-single against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning in Game 4 of a baseball American League Championship Series on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Game 5 is Thursday night in Houston, where ace Justin Verlander will pitch for the Astros. Boston’s starter was uncertain after Chris Sale was ruled out Wednesday while recovering from a stomach illness.

Boston Red Sox’s Jackie Bradley Jr., watches after his two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning in Game 4 of a baseball American League Championship Series on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Houston.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Boston Red Sox’s Jackie Bradley Jr., celebrates after his two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning in Game 4 of a baseball American League Championship Series on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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Boston Red Sox’s Jackie Bradley Jr., celebrates in the dugout after his two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning in Game 4 of a baseball American League Championship Series on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Source: The Associated Press