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.
The Dodgers, the National League champion and in the World Series for the second year in a row, were trying to win their seventh title and first since 1988.
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.
Pearce powered Boston's offense through the final two games of the series, collecting seven RBIs on three home runs and a double to lead his team.
That was the Red Sox's privilege this year, and Price said doing so brought back memories from the 2008 Rays, when as a rookie he closed out the pennant-clinching game, over the Red Sox, to reach the World Series for the first time.
After Aaron Judge played "New York, New York" on his way out of Fenway Park following the Yankees' Game 2 win in the ALDS, Boston celebrated to the classic track, after finishing off New York in four games at Yankee Stadium.
Nonetheless, Boston and LA rewrote the record books in game three, which was the longest World Series game ever. He batted cleanup in each of the Dodgers' 16 postseason games, and played every inning.
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"When you say that it's nearly overwhelming", Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said.
"This is why I came here", Price said on the field afterward.
After losing to Houston in Game 7 a year ago by the same 5-1 score, the Dodgers became the first team ousted on its home field in consecutive World Series since the New York Giants by the New York Yankees at the Polo Grounds in 1936 and '37. I've been through a lot in three years since I came here, this is why I came to Boston.
Progress came incrementally for Price, who went 42/3 innings -one out shy of qualifying for a win - in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Astros.
For Boston, starter David Price was brilliant.
"It wasn't as easy as what people think", Cora said. The day they signed him he said he wanted to win a World Series.
Kershaw, who now has the choice to opt out of his Dodgers contract, was left with yet another postseason disappointment. Reliever Joe Kelly (4.39 ERA in regular season) pitched in all five games, throwing six scoreless innings, with 10 strikeouts. "And honestly when I'm done here, I shower, I get in that vehicle, I might get a text and say, "Go to the pharmacy and get some diapers for the kids".
Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill didn't appreciate President Donald Trump's tweet criticizing manager Dave Roberts for taking him out of Game 4. "But the World Series is a bucket-list thing". He tapped his heart several times to Red Sox fans behind the first base dugout while walking to the bench.