WORLD SERIES: RED SOX 4, DODGERS 1
- Game 1 in Boston: Red Sox 8, Dodgers 4
- Game 2 in Boston: Red Sox 4, Dodgers 2
- Game 3 in Los Angeles: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 3 (18 innings)
- Game 4 in Los Angeles: Red Sox 9, Dodgers 6
- Game 5 in Los Angeles: Red Sox 5, Dodgers 1
Pitching on just two days rest, Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price yielded a home run on the first pitch of Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday, but followed with six scoreless innings as his teammates knocked four home runs and the franchise secured its ninth Major League title with a 5-1 win over the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Much as they did while rolling to a major-league-best 108 regular-season victories, the Red Sox also dominated the postseason. Boston lost just once in the World Series, and the Dodgers needed 18 innings and 7 hours, 20 minutes to take Game 3.
Boston’s Game 4 hero, Steve Pearce, hit a pair of home runs while Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez added solo home runs of their own for the easy win.
Dodgers first baseman David Freese led off the bottom of the first with a home run, but Price was unflappable afterwards, pitching into the eighth inning.
Price pitched in relief of Game 3 on Friday, and was slated to take the hill if the series went to Game 6 in Boston on Tuesday. Red Sox ace Chris Sale was expected to get the nod, but manager Alex Cora opted instead for Price.
Sale actually pitched in relief in the ninth inning, and was on the mound when Boston won its fourth World Series title over the last 15 years.
The Red Sox previously had five World Series titles, all of which were won before the franchise sold Babe Ruth to the rival New York Yankees after the 1919 season. Although the franchise came close several times, Boston did not win a World Series between 1919 and 2003.
For the Dodgers, the frustration continues.
Not only has Los Angeles failed to win a title since 1988, when the Dodgers beat the Oakland Athletics, but the team actually reached the postseason in each of the last six seasons without winning a championship.
The Boston Red Sox celebrate after Game 5 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday
The Red Sox won their ninth title on Sunday, which is their fourth over the last 15 years
Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts, right, watches his home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw
(Left) Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman David Freese (25) celebrates with outfielder Yasiel Puig (66) after hitting a solo home run in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in game five of the 2018 World Series
From left, Actor Matt Damon, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and actor Ben Affleck watch Game 5 of the World Series baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday
(Left) Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price waits as Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the first inning (Right) Valente Quintero poses for a picture before Game 5
During the game, a banner was revealed in left field that read: ‘TRANS PEOPLE DESERVE TO LIVE.’ The banner comes in response to the White House’s push to rewrite the United Nation’s Third Committee general assembly policy statements, arguing that the language relating to gender is vague and politically correct
DODGERS MANAGER DAVE ROBERTS TALK ABOUT TRUMP TWEET
By The Associated Press
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he talked to his players and coaching staff about President Donald Trump’s tweet criticizing Roberts for taking Rich Hill out of Saturday’s Game 4 but that he hasn’t thought much about it beyond that.
Los Angeles trails 3-1 in the best-of-seven series and is trying to avoid seeing another team celebrate a championship at its own park. Houston won last year’s World Series here in seven games.
‘I’m focused on winning today. So I really don’t have too much bandwidth to kind of really take in all the criticism,’ Roberts said. ‘I think that there’s a lot of thoughts and opinions that people don’t have all the information, which is commonplace these days and cultivate opinions and give out there. So I think for me it’s noise.’
The Red Sox went 11-3 overall in the 2018 postseason and were an impressive 7-1 in road games while earning the ninth World Series championship in franchise history, tied for third most all-time with the Athletics franchise (Philadelphia, Kansas City, Oakland). Only the St. Louis Cardinals (11) and the New York Yankees (27) have more.
The Red Sox also became the third franchise to win a World Series in four consecutive appearances, along with the Cardinals and Yankees.
Price, who pounded his chest upon leaving the field after the seventh, went seven-plus innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks. He struck out five.
Price won his third consecutive postseason start, two in this World Series alone, after not earning a victory in any of his previous 11 playoff starts.
Joe Kelly struck out all three batters he faced in the eighth inning, and Chris Sale did the same in the ninth, fanning Manny Machado to end it.
Pearce’s bat put a charge in the Red Sox for the second consecutive game when he hit a two-run home run to center field in the first inning off Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw. He went deep to left in the eighth inning off Pedro Baez. Pearce also hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning of Game 4 on Saturday as the Red Sox rallied for a 9-6 victory.
Betts, the likely American League MVP, was just 4-for-19 in the World Series heading into Game 5, but his sixth-inning home run off Kershaw gave Boston a 3-1 lead. Martinez added to that cushion with a home run off Kershaw to left-center in the seventh.
Kershaw, who now has the choice to opt out of his Dodgers contract, was left with yet another postseason disappointment. The three-time Cy Young Award winner has generally been dominating in the regular season, but he fell to 9-10 with a 4.32 ERA in 30 postseason appearances (24 starts).
Kershaw gave up four runs on seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts. David Freese hit a leadoff home run in the first inning for the Dodgers, who finished with just three hits Sunday.
Los Angeles lost in the World Series for the second year in a row, having dropped the 2017 Fall Classic to the Houston Astros in seven games.
The Red Sox not only went 7-0 in the postseason when facing a left-handed starter, but they were 10-0 when they scored the first run of the game.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora became just the fifth person to win the World Series in his first season as a major league skipper. Bob Brenly with the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks, Ralph Houk with the 1961 Yankees, Eddie Dyer with the 1946 Cardinals and Bucky Harris with the 1924 Washington Senators also accomplished the feat.
Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes waits at the plate as Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez scores after hitting a solo home run against Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw during the seventh inning of Game 5
Boston’s Steve Pearce is congratulated by teammates Andrew Benintendi and J.D. Martinez after homering in the first inning
As always, Dodger Stadium was filled with celebrities for a World Series game.
Actor Ben Affleck join friends Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel, both of whom were wearing ‘I’m with stupid’ t-shirts with arrows pointed at each other. Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax was also in the crowd.
Other celebrities in attendance were game show host Pat Sajak, former Major League player and manager Joe Torre, and former San Diego Padres and New York Yankees slugger Dave Winfield.
During the game, a banner was revealed in left field that read: ‘TRANS PEOPLE DESERVE TO LIVE.’
The banner comes in response to the White House’s push to rewrite the United Nation’s Third Committee general assembly policy statements, arguing that the language relating to gender is vague and politically correct.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout during the seventh inning
Dodgers Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax was in attendance for Game 5 of the World Series in Los Angeles on Sunday
Former Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez and his ex-Boston Red Sox rival David Ortiz attend Sunday’s Game 5
BOSTON’S GAME 4 RALLY HAS SOX EYEING 9th TITLE
By The Associated Press
An 18-inning loss in Game 3 of the World Series couldn’t wear out the Boston Red Sox. A four-run deficit late in Game 4 definitely didn’t faze them.
This plucky powerhouse just kept getting big hits to move to the brink of another championship.
Steve Pearce hit a tying homer in the eighth inning and a three-run double in the ninth, and the Red Sox emphatically rallied for a 9-6 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.
Boston Red Sox’s Steve Pearce celebrates his solo home run to tie the game during the eighth inning in Game 4 of the World Series
Pinch-hitter Rafael Devers singled home Brock Holt with the tiebreaking run in the ninth as Boston roared to a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven matchup.
Less than a day after a wrenching, 440-minute defeat ended well past midnight, the Red Sox trailed 4-0 in the seventh inning before they shook off that heartbreak, warmed up their bats and sped away from LA.
‘I’ve never been on a team where you just get punched in the face and then come back tomorrow and act like they are totally fine,’ Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez said. ‘It’s impressive.’
Soon after Yasiel Puig’s three-run homer in the sixth put the Dodgers up by four, Boston’s incredible surge began with pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland’s three-run homer in the seventh. By the time they were done decimating the Dodgers’ bullpen, six Red Sox had combined for seven hits – four for extra bases.
‘It was just a great night, all the way around,’ Pearce said. ‘A great team win. A much-needed win, especially after what happened (in Game 3). I just love this team’s fight.’
The Red Sox scored just two runs in their first 24 innings at Dodger Stadium, but added nine more in the final three innings of Game 4. Sale’s motivational screams in the dugout might have played a role, but whatever the reason, Boston responded splendidly to a perilous situation.
‘Sometimes in October we talk about mechanics, and how you feel at the plate and all that, (but) sometimes it’s will,’ rookie manager Alex Cora said. ‘You will yourself to do great things. And it started very simple. A few good at-bats, and then the big swing, and we kept rolling and we didn’t stop playing.’
Fans pose for a picture by a championship ring before Game 5 of the World Series between the Red Sox and Dodgers
President of Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox Dave Dombrowski sits in the team’s dugout before Game 5
Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser – a member of the 1988 title-winning Dodgers – throws out the first pitch
Fans cheer in Game Five of the 2018 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox
A Boston Red Sox fan arrives before Game 5 of the World Series as his team seeks its ninth Major League title