Eduardo Rodriguez delivered when his teammates needed him the most Saturday night.

And by the time Game 4 of the World Series was over, Rodriguez’s teammates had returned the favor.

Rodriguez, who hadn’t started a game since Sept. 30, stepped up and pitched 5 2/3 effective innings in Boston’s eventual win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was a huge effort by Rodriguez, considering he pitched the night before in a game that saw Boston deplete its bullpen over 18 grueling innings.

The 25-year-old did exit after giving up four runs in the sixth inning, but he still kept his team in the game and gave them a chance to win. Nine runs and a thrilling comeback victory later, and Rodriguez was deservedly off the hook.

To say Rodriguez was appreciative would be a huge understatement. Check out this tweet from Sunday afternoon:

Great stuff.

Rodriguez and the Red Sox now are a win away from clinching a World Series championship. Game 5 against the Dodgers is scheduled for Sunday night at 8:15 p.m. ET.

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