Pierced! Pearce sparks top of slumping Red Sox lineup

Ross Houston
November 4, 2018

Chris Sale's final pitch for this Boston juggernaut triggered a celebration on the Dodger Stadium infield, among thousands of fans who made their way to California - and even outside Fenway Park back home.

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.

Hours earlier, Jansen gave up Jackie Bradley Jr.'s tying homer in the eighth inning of an epic Game 3, blowing his attempt at a six-out save in his third major World Series failure in two years.

Price earned two wins in the series, allowing three runs and just seven hits over 13 2/3 innings.

Former Dodgers star Orel Hershiser threw out the first ball, then told the crowd that while this is the last game of the season in Los Angeles, there are three more games left in the Series.

Boston scored just two runs in its first 24 innings at Dodger Stadium, but added nine more in the last three innings of Game 4.

Make of that what you will.

The Baltimore Orioles, after finishing with a 47-115 record this season, are the biggest long shots to win the 2019 World Series, coming in at 300/1.

Freese, who homered leading off the bottom of the first, was stranded. The Red Sox lost one game to the Yankees in the ALDS, mauled them, 16-1, the next night, and won the series in four. Martinez homered in the seventh, driving a fastball to straightway centre. The speakers worked just fine when the Red Sox sang along to Frank Sinatra's rendition of "New York, New York", their archrivals' iconic victory song, and Tupac's "California Love", which is synonymous in this Ravine with Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. After 86 years of nothing, the Red Sox now have four championships in 14 years.

"I've never been on a team where you just get punched in the face and then come back tomorrow and act like they are totally fine", Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez said.

"It's an incredible thing because the team itself reflects so many good things - redemption, pride, teamwork - especially at this point in our country's history", he said.

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