The Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers traded blows early, then the starters settled into their respective grooves before the Sox pulled away to take home their fourth World Series title since 2004 and their ninth championship overall.
Steve Pearce put Boston on the board in the first with a two-run shot off of Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw. Former World Series hero David Freese countered back with a leadoff home run of his own in the bottom half of the frame off of David Price. Those would be the only runs scored until much later in the game.
Kershaw retired nine batters in a row before allowing a single to J.D. Martinez with one out in the fourth but got Xander Bogaerts to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to escape the inning. He worked a perfect fifth but allowed a solo shot to Mookie Betts in the sixth, extending the Red Sox’ lead to 2-1.
Martinez led off the top of the seventh with a solo home run of his own, then Steve Pearce hit his third home run of the series to put the Sox ahead 5-1 in the eighth.
David Price pitched seven outstanding innings, walking Chris Taylor to lead off the bottom of the eighth to break a streak of 14 consecutive batters retired. He was removed in favor of Joe Kelly, who struck out the three batters he faced in that frame, then Chris Sale closed Los Angeles out in the ninth, striking out Justin Turner, Enrique Hernandez, and Manny Machado to earn the save.
The Red Sox reached incredible heights this season recording 119 wins between the regular season and the playoffs, which is second-most all-time only behind the New York Yankees in 1998, which they won 125 games.
Steve Pearce was named World Series MVP after slashing .333/.500/1.166 with three homers, seven runs batted in, and a double in 12 at-bats.
Congratulations to the Red Sox, who are now the first team to win four World Series Championships (2004,2007, 2013, 2018) in the 21st Century!