Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Red Sox clinch World Series title with Game 5 win over Dodgers

Red Sox clinch World Series title with Game 5 win over Dodgers

This is a city known for stories that stretch believability, both of the personal and professional variety.

Cora steered the Red Sox to a team-record 108 wins in the regular season, then Boston topped the 100-win Yankees and Astros in the playoffs.

Boston went 7-1 on the road in the postseason and 10-0 overall when scoring first.

The 18-inning saga ended with the Dodgers' only win of the series.

Miraculously, the native of Lakeland, Florida became just the third player in Major League Baseball history over the age of 35 to have a multi-homer game in the World Series, according to MLBStatoftheDay on Twitter.

Steve Pearce slammed a pair of home runs and David Price tossed a seven-inning gem to power the Boston Red Sox to a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers and their fourth World Series title in 15 years on Sunday. He's raised funds for relief efforts, and when working out his contract with Boston, asked the team to help with relief efforts, which they did.

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. Boston also captured the last of its 10 games when it scored first in this postseason, squeezing the life out of three opponents thanks to its relentless pressure. "I think that kind of lit a fire under everybody", Red Sox infielder Brock Holt said. "This is what I envisioned". "You never know where the game will take you". "We're world champions. To be able to be open up next season at Fenway Park with the ring ceremony and everything that goes along with it and to drop the banner for the 2018 world champions, that would definitely - I would love that". In the last eleven, though, his only extra-base hit was a double, and he drove in three runs. It's one of the many traits that made him such a great manager in his first season in Boston, and why so many believe even more good times are ahead for the Cora-led Red Sox.

He joined Kirk Gibson, Eddie Murray, Reggie Jackson, Johnny Bench and Yogi Berra as the only players to hit multiple homers in the clinching game of a World Series.

"He was dominant", Pearce said.

Pitching on short rest - and on one day's notice after the Red Sox opted for him over Chris Sale as of late Saturday night - Price allowed one run in seven innings, striking out five and scattering three hits and two walks.

"He's one of those guys who carries the team without all the recognition", Betts said. "I've definitely had many more downs than ups in October, but I've got a lot of baseball left".

Price survived some early bumps that previously might have dented his psyche. The third baseman has made a habit of driving in runs during the postseason in his young career and he came through again in Game 4 of the World Series.

David Price pitched the end of Game 5, and the 33-year-old put on an incredible performance. "We've been talking about it for five games now".

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