One Game Away …

October 19, 1988 – The Dodgers took a 3-1 lead in the World Series with a 4-3 victory over the Athletics in Game 4 of the Fall Classic at Oakland. Tim Belcher pitched 6 2/3 innings and reliever Jay Howell escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh by retiring Mark McGwire on an infield popout. The Howell-McGwire confrontation occurred one day after the Oakland slugger hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 3, which gave Oakland a 2-1 victory. Howell pitched the final 2 1/3 innings of Game 4 for the save. Oakland starter Dave Stewart allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

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