Rafael Devers delivers game-winning RBI

Deanna Kelley
October 29, 2018

It was nearly too much to take for Los Angeles fans who watched the Boston Red Sox take the series in five games Sunday by winning 5-1, the same score of the Houston Astros' series-clinching win a year earlier.

Since ending an 86-year World Series title drought in 2004, Boston has now won four of the past 15 championships.

The hard-hitting first baseman returned on Sunday and hit a two-run home run in the first inning to put the visitors ahead, 2-0, and then launched a solo shot in the eighth inning that gave Boston a 5-1 lead for the final score.

He now starts a new streak with perhaps the most important RBI of his career, putting the Red Sox up three games to one in the World Series. During the five games, Pearce hit.333, with three home runs.

"I don't know if they took it personal, but it's just, I don't know, we played "Dirty Water" at Yankee Stadium, and [if] they would have clinched at Fenway, they would have played "Dirty Water" in their clubhouse", Red Sox manager Alex Cora said after the ALDS. Only the New York Yankees (27) and St. Louis Cardinals (11) have more.

"I didn't say anything that anyone didn't know", Sale explained. "I think that kind of lit a fire under everybody", Red Sox infielder Brock Holt said. And he took a lot of heat - even from President Donald Trump - for removing an effective Rich Hill with one on and one out in the seventh inning on Saturday, handing the game to a bullpen that quickly turned a four-run lead into a five-run deficit. Palka was the first White Sox player with three triples in his first 20 career Major League Baseball games since Frank Thomas (who didn't hit his first home run until his 25th career game).

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"This is why I came to Boston". The Red Sox won it in the ninth and we can all get to sleep at a reasonable hour tonight. During the sixth inning of Game 3, he had a little too much self-confidence when he apparently thought he hit a home run to left field.

Despite all the good David Price had done in his stellar career that started with the Rays, the rap was that he couldn't win the big one.

"Chris is okay", Cora said. The 35-year-old Pearce joined the Red Sox in June.

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Boston went 7-1 on the road in the postseason and 10-0 overall when scoring first. "We were unable to get past that hump", Machado said.

"This was a tough one for us tonight, it really was", Kershaw, who now will need to decide if he will exercise the opt-out clause in his contract, said. "If necessary in Game 6, he's the starter". Dave Roberts, the Dodgers' manager, has been maligned for his deployment of his bullpen, but perhaps it appeared as if he struggled to pull the right strings because there were no strings to pull. While stars like Betts, Martinez and ace Chris Sale dominated headlines throughout the regular season, the Red Sox got some critical contributions throughout the roster during the postseason.

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