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LOS ANGELES -- The Boston Red Sox may have made their fans wait 86 years for another World Series championship … but they sure seem keen on making up for lost time.
The Red Sox won their fourth title in 15 seasons by virtue of their 5-1 victory in Game 5 against the Dodgers on Sunday night. Boston dispatched the Dodgers in five games.
Boston’s current run of titles is right up there with any dynasty in Major League Baseball history.
The Red Sox’ initial powerhouse won five titles in 16 years from 1904-18. More recently, the Yankees won five in 14 seasons from 1996-2009.
It was the 11th title in a major sport for Boston since 2001.
The Red Sox are the first MLB team to win four titles this century.
The Red Sox won the clincher with four home runs — two from Steve Pearce, to give him four for the series and three in two games, and solo shots from Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez.
That was more than enough for David Price, who won his second start of the series with seven strong innings. He gave up a solo home run on the first pitch of game, and then allowed just two hits the rest of the way.
Joe Kelly struck out the side in the eighth, and then Chris Sale finished off the game and set off another title celebration with thousands of Red Sox fans yelling full-throated from the stands of Dodger Stadium.
Much more coverage to come on BSJ.
Chris Sale is in to close.
- Turner strikes out.
- Hernandez strikes out.
- Machado (that's nice) strikes out to end it.
Red Sox go in order
- Taylor walks and that will do it for Price, who was nothing short of brilliant tonight. 89 pitches, just the lead-off home run, three hits.
Joe Kelly in.
- Pinch-hitter Kemp fans on some high cheese.
Barnes and Sale warming up.
- Pederson strikes out looking.
- Kelly strikes out the side. WOW
- Betts flies out.
- Benintendi fouls out.
- Pearce homers again. RUN: Red Sox 5, Dodgers 1.
- Machado lines to short.
- Muncy flies to left.
- Puig grounds out to Price.
He's rolling, and so are the Sox.
- Now Martinez homers to center. The Dodgers had their time to make it a series, now the Sox are going to put them out of their misery by allowing Betts and Martinez to hit. RUN: Red Sox 4, Dodgers 1.
- Bogaerts singles to LF.
Finally the Dodgers pen is getting going.
- Holt grounds into a fielder's choice.
- Devers singles.
- Vazquez grounds out.
- Price grounds out.
- Freese strikes out.
- Turner lines out sharply to LF.
- Hernandez grounds out to second.
Price has retired 11 straight. He's at 76 pitches. 73 for Kershaw.
- Price grounds out.
- Betts launches a 2-2 offering over the fence in LF ... Mookie Betts has arrived in the World Series. RUN: Red Sox 3, Dodgers 1.
- Benintendi grounds out to first.
- Pearce flies out to center.
- Holt lines out to first.
- Devers strikes out looking.
- Vazquez lines out to LF.
- Taylor strikes out.
- Barnes grounds out to second.
- Kershaw grounds out to first.
- Mr. Baseball Pearce grounds out to third.
- Martinez gets jammed but muscles it for a bloop single to LF. He'll definitely take that.
- And ... Bogaerts grounds into a double play.
- Machado strikes out.
- Muncy flies to center.
- Puig lines out to third.
- Price strikes out.
- Betts flies out to center.
- Benintendi grounds out first.
- Kershaw grounds out to third.
- Freese hits a triple when Martinez loses the ball in the lights in right.
- Turner grounds out to short and Freese has to hold with infield playing halfway.
- Hernandez flies out foul to Martinez who was a little bit of a circus. Huge missed opportunity for the Dodgers to tie the game.
- Holt flies to left.
- Nunez strikes out.
- Vazquez keeps hitting the ball well but right at Bellinger in CF.
- Muncy strikes out.
- Puig bloops a single in front of Benintendi.
- Turner flies out to center on a full-count pitch. Price getting a little loose.
- Barnes, who doesn't have a hit in the series, strikes out.
38 pitches for Price.
- Betts flies out.
- Benintendi singles to center.
- World Series hero Steve Pearce homes to LCF. He knew it when he hit it. RUNS: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0.
- Martinez finally hits one hard, but it's right into the shift.
- Bogaerts strikes out.
- Freese hits an opposite-field HR on the first pitch. Oh, it's going to be like that. RUN: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 1.
- Price walks Turner ... uh oh.
- But he's bailed out when Hernandez — as the No. 3 hitter?! — grounds into a double play.
- Solid velocity for Price so far. Right around 94. ... And hits that to whiff Machado on a high fastball after falling behind 3-0.
WHO: Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
WHEN: 8:15 p.m.
WHERE: Dodger Stadium
WHAT'S UP: The Red Sox go for a title tonight, leading the World Series 3-to-1. The Sox are the 46th team to hold a 3-1 Series edge; 39 have gone on to win the World Series. This is the sixth time the Sox have been up 3-1 in a postseason series and they have won each of the previous five, most recently in the just-completed ALCS...Saturday's comeback win -- trailing by four in the seventh -- was the largest Sox' comeback in World Series history. In the ALCS, the Sox have rallied from being down seven against Tampa Bay in Game 5 of the 2008 ALCS and trailed the Tigers by five in Game 2 of the 2013 ALCS...Before Saturday night, the Dodgers had been 54-0 during 2018 when leading by four or more runs at any point in a game...The Red Sox became the third team to have multiple pinch-hit homers in the same World Series Saturday with Mitch Moreland's three-run smash in the seventh. In Game 1, Eduardo Nunez also hit a pinch-hit homer. The other teams to do so: the Red Sox in 1975 and the Dodgers in 1959...Rafael Devers, 22, became the youngest player to record a go-ahead RBI in the ninth inning or later since Edgar Renteria in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series...He also became the sixth player to record a pinch-hit RBI in the World Series game at 22 or younger and is the youngest player to ever hit a pinch-hit go-ahead RBI in the ninth inning or later in the Series...The Sox have outscored their opponents on the road 51-22 this postseason...The Sox are 15-3 in their last 18 World Series games...The Sox are in commanding position in the Series despite getting little from their two best hitters. Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez are a combined 7-for-33 with no homers and four RBI...David Price, after going 11 starts in the postseason without a win to begin his career, is 2-0 in his last two, winning Game 2 of the World Series and Game 5 in the ALCS. In four postseason starts, he's limited opposing hitters to .206...Among Dodgers hitters, Manny Machado is 13-for-44 with five homers and eight RBI...The only other hitter with more than six career at-bats against him is Brian Dozier (9-for-41, two homers, five RBI)...As for Clayton Kershaw, J.D. Martinez is 7-for-13 with two homers and six RBI against him.
STARTING PITCHERS: LHP David Price (2-1, 4.26) vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw (2-2, 3.91)
TV/RADIO: FOX; WEEI 93.7 FM
NEWS AND NOTES:
- Alex Cora further explained his reasoning behind starting David Price over Chris Sale tonight. "You start thinking about today and the rest of the series and I think this puts us in a great position to cover everything. David, right now, he's throwing the ball well. He's fresh. Arm-wise and body-wise are at their best moments this season. We saw what he did a few days ago with velocity and in a National League game, we might have to hit for him in the fifth inning or something like that. And if it doesn't happen, he's going to be able to bounce back later on in the series. With Chris, obviously, we'll get one inning today, if needed. It just has to be the perfect situation. And also, if it doesn't happen the way we want it to today, he has extra rest for the next one (on Tuesday). And knowing that we would have Nate (Eovaldi) for Game 7 and with Rick (Porcello) available today (in the bullpen), we're more versatile today. That was the reason. If it was a tied series, we would have gone with our regular starters on regular test -- Chris today, David in Game 6 and Nate in Game 7.''
- The Sox were nervous about Eduardo Rodriguez at the plate Saturday night. Rodriguez swung at a pitch, defying bench orders, as the bat flew out of his hands. He later today Cora: "I was ahead in the count and that was a pitch I could do damage with.'' Said Cora: "I heard a lot of stuff throughout the year and he topped it. Jesus -- he almost killed someone.''
- Asked about Manny Machado spiking Steve Pearce on a play at first base in the ninth inning, Cora said: "I saw it last night. I'll stay away from that. Nobody said anything about it. People sent me pictures and texts. I don't know -- you've got to ask Manny about that one.'' Machado was fined $10,000 for doing the same thing to Milwaukee's Jesus Aguilar in the NLCS. Said Pearce, who was a teammate of Machado's in Baltimore and defended him at the start of the Series, said: "No, I'm all good. I'm all good. That was one heck of a play by (third baseman Rafael) Devers. That was my focus. And I didn't even -- I barely even felt it. No, it wasn't frustrating. I'm glad we got the out.''
- Cora again praised Rodriguez's work Saturday night and again blamed himself for leaving Rodriguez in too long in the sixth inning when he was victimized by a three-run homer from Yasiel Puig. "He was great, man,'' said Cora. "We talk about growing up - that one is going to mean a lot later on his career.''