LOS ANGELES The Boston Red Sox are champions once again after taking down the L.A. Dodgers 5-1 in Game Five of the 2018 World Series Sunday night at Dodger Stadium. After suffering through an 86-year drought from 1918 until 2004, the Sox have now won four titles in the past 15 seasons.
Boston got off to a quick start, with Game 4 hero Steve Pearce homering off three-time Cy Young Winner Clayton Kershaw on the sixth pitch of the game to make it 2-0. LA responded with a David Freese homer on the first pitch of the bottom half, but it was all Sox after that.
AL MVP candidates Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez added solo homers off Kershaw in the 6th and 7th respectively to give Boston some breathing room, and Pearce put it away with his third homer and fourth extra-base RBI hit in two games in the eighth. For his heroic efforts, Pearce was named MVP of the series.
The much-maligned David Price completed his redemption tour in dominant fashion, tossing seven-plus innings of one-run ball while striking out five. Joe Kelly relieved Price after a leadoff walk in the bottom of the eighth and proceeded to strike out the side.
In the ninth, Boston turned to ace Chris Sale to get the final three outs, and he did so in emphatic fashion by also striking out the side.
The Red Sox were the best team in baseball over the course of the regular season, winning a club record 108 games. Sunday's victory gave them eleven in the postseason for a total of 119 competitive wins. That total stands as the second highest by a World Series Champion in Major League history, trailing only the 1998 New York Yankees who won 125.