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MAC A MORE       paustinnoto@gmail.com 10-23-2018 04:41 AM
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b. corbel       boston leads series 1-0 10-24-2018 03:59 AM
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Fedatanko       paustinnoto@gmail.com 10-25-2018 04:44 AM
Price pitches Red Sox past Dodgers 4-2 for 2-0 Series lead

Associated Press
By JIMMY GOLEN
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BOSTON (AP)-- From playoff flop to October ace in two legacy-shifting starts, David Price earned his second postseason victory in a row and moved the Boston Red Sox halfway to yet another World Series title.
The Red Sox left-hander pitched six innings of three-hit ball, and major league RBI leader J.D. Martinez broke a fifth-inning tie during another two-out rally to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 on Wednesday night.
Game 3 is Friday in Los Angeles. The Dodgers need a win to avoid an 0-3 deficit that no World Series team has ever recovered from.
''This is the biggest stage in baseball,'' Price said after his longest postseason outing since signing a seven-year, $217 million contract to come to Boston in 2016. ''To be able to do that, it feels good, for sure. I'm pumped for myself, pumped for all my teammates and coaches for us to be two wins away.''

© AP Photo/Elise Amendola Boston Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi (16), Xander Bogaerts, right front, Jackie Bradley Jr. (19) and Ian Kinsler, right rear, celebrate a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the World Series baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Boston.

© AP Photo/David J. Phillip Boston Red Sox's starting pitcher David Price winds up to throw during the first inning of Game 2 of the World Series baseball against the Los Angeles Dodgers game Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Boston.
Mookie Betts had three hits for the Red Sox, who have won 14 of their last 16 World Series games dating to a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2004. They have won two more championships since then, in `07 and '13.
Not bad for a team that went the previous 86 years without a title.

© AP Photo/Matt Slocum Boston Red Sox players celebrate after Game 1 of the World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Boston. The Red Sox won 8-4 to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
And Price had battled a curse of his own.
The one-time Dodgers draft pick has pitched like an ace in the regular season but was 0-9 in his first 10 postseason starts before this October. Whether with Tampa Bay, Toronto, Detroit or Boston, his team had never won a playoff game he started before this year.
But the Red Sox have now won his last three postseason starts, including the ALCS Game 5 clincher against the defending World Series champion Astros in which he pitched six shutout innings.
''I get it, the numbers and all that. But this guy is a great pitcher,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said. ''He's been one of the best pitchers in the big leagues for a while, and he cares.''
On a frigid night at Fenway Park, Price held the highest-scoring team in the NL hitless through three innings and retired the last seven batters he faced. He struggled only in the fourth, loading the bases with nobody out on two singles and a walk as the Dodgers took a 2-1 lead - their first of the Series.
''I'm so happy for him and proud of him,'' Martinez said. ''Going through all that criticism that he's been getting here, to bounce back to what he's been doing.''
And the Red Sox batters did what they've been doing: scoring with two outs.

© AP Photo/Charles Krupa Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger makes a sliding catch on a ball hit by Boston Red Sox's J.D. Martinez during the eighth inning of Game 2 of the World Series baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Boston.
In an uncanny stretch of clutch hitting that's been their hallmark throughout their 108-win season, the Red Sox scored all their runs in Game 2 with two outs, including a three-run rally in the fifth that only started after Hyun-Jin Ryu set down Ian Kinsler and Jackie Bradley Jr.
Christian Vazquez singled, Betts did the same and Andrew Benintendi worked the count full before walking to load the bases, chasing Ryu. Ryan Madson walked Steve Pearce to tie the game before Martinez, who had 130 RBIs in the regular season, dropped a flare in front of right fielder Yasiel Puig for a two-run single that gave Boston a 4-2 lead.
BIG FINISH

© AP Photo/David J. Phillip Boston Red Sox's starting pitcher David Price walks off the mound after the first inning of Game 2 of the World Series baseball against the Los Angeles Dodgers game Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Boston.
Price and three relievers retired the last 16 Los Angeles batters, with Craig Kimbrel closing out the Dodgers in the ninth for his sixth save this postseason . Not since Don Larsen's 1956 perfect game for the Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers has an AL team retired as many consecutive hitters to finish a World Series game, according to STATS.

© AP Photo/David J. Phillip The Los Angeles Dodgers watch the ninth inning of Game 2 of the World Series baseball game from their dugout against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Boston.

© AP Photo/David J. Phillip Boston Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi scores past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes on a hit by J.D. Martinez during the fifth inning of Game 2 of the World Series baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Boston.
''We had him. We had him on the ropes,'' Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. ''The difference is they got the big hit when they needed, and we didn't.''

© AP Photo/Elise Amendola Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez hits a single to drive in two runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning in Game 2 of the World Series baseball game, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Boston.
Boston's other run came on Kinsler's two-out single in the second. The Red Sox, who led the majors in two-out runs in the regular season, have scored 36 of their 68 runs this postseason - and nine of their 12 in the Series - with two outs.

© AP Photo/Charles Krupa Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price throws during the first inning of Game 2 of the World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Boston.
IN A HOLE
The last 10 teams to win the first two games of the World Series - and 16 of the last 17 - have gone on to win it all. And the NL West champions will need to do it against a team that has won six straight postseason games and five in a row on the road.

© AP Photo/David J. Phillip Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price walks off the infield after allowing two runs during the fourth inning of Game 2 of the World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Boston.
''We're just in the middle of the World Series,'' Dodgers first baseman David Freese said. ''We're down 2-0, we get that. We just understand that Game 3 is a necessity, just like Game 2.''
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One night after getting four hits, Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi made a leaping, spread-eagle catch to rob Brian Dozier of an extra-base hit leading off the fifth. With the ball tailing away from him toward the corner, Benintendi jumped, kicked and pulled it in a few feet in front of the Green Monster scoreboard.
''Me and Mookie work on our ballet a lot, especially in spring training,'' Benintendi said.
Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger may have done him one better, sliding under Martinez's long drive to make a nice grab in the eighth.
UP NEXT
The teams head to the West Coast for Game 3 at Dodger Stadium on Friday. Rookie right-hander Walker Buehler is scheduled to pitch for Los Angeles against likely Boston starter Rick Porcello.

© AP Photo/David J. Phillip Boston Red Sox's J.D. Martinez hits a two run RBI single during the fifth inning of Game 2 of the World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Boston.

© AP Photo/Charles Krupa Los Angeles Dodgers' David Freese can't catch a foul ball hit by Boston Red Sox's J.D. Martinez during the second inning of Game 2 of the World Series baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Boston.
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MAC A MORE       paustinnoto@gmail.com 10-27-2018 03:42 AM
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In longest World Series game, Dodgers outlast Red Sox in 18

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October 27, 2018
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LOS ANGELES (AP) ó Max Muncy ended the longest World Series game ever with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 18th inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers outlasted the Boston Red Sox 3-2 early Saturday to pull within 2-1.
Muncy connected off Nathan Eovaldi, who was in his seventh inning of relief. It took 7 hours, 20 minutes and 561 pitches to settle this one.
The Red Sox were oh-so-close in the 13th to taking a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Series. But second baseman Ian Kinslerís wide throw on a two-out grounder by Yasiel Puig let Los Angeles score the tying run.
Game 4 is Saturday, with Rich Hill scheduled to start for the Dodgers. Eovaldi had been set to pitch until he entered in the 12th and stayed in.
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MAC A MORE       paustinnoto@gmail.com 10-27-2018 04:17 AM
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MAC A MORE       paustinnoto@gmail.com 10-27-2018 04:26 AM
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In longest World Series game, Dodgers outlast Red Sox in 18

2:45 am

October 27, 2018
National news from the Associated Press








LOS ANGELES (AP) ó Max Muncy ended the longest World Series game ever with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 18th inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers outlasted the Boston Red Sox 3-2 early Saturday to pull within 2-1.
Muncy connected off Nathan Eovaldi, who was in his seventh inning of relief. It took 7 hours, 20 minutes and 561 pitches to settle this one.
The Red Sox were oh-so-close in the 13th to taking a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Series. But second baseman Ian Kinslerís wide throw on a two-out grounder by Yasiel Puig let Los Angeles score the tying run.
Game 4 is Saturday, with Rich Hill scheduled to start for the Dodgers. Eovaldi had been set to pitch until he entered in the 12th and stayed in.
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ladalin       redsox lead series 3-1 10-28-2018 04:32 AM
Rally Sox! Boston on brink of title after 9-6 win over LA

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By GREG BEACHAM
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LOS ANGELES (AP)-- An 18-inning loss in Game 3 of the World Series couldn't wear out the Boston Red Sox. A four-run deficit late in Game 4 definitely didn't faze them.

© AP Photo/David J. Phillip Boston Red Sox's Rafael Devers celebrates with Boston Red Sox first base coach Tom Goodwin after hitting an RBI single during the ninth inning in Game 4 of the World Series baseball game on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles.
This plucky powerhouse just kept getting big hits to move to the brink of another championship.
Steve Pearce hit a tying homer in the eighth inning and a three-run double in the ninth, and the Red Sox emphatically rallied for a 9-6 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.

© AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel celebrates after their win in Game 4 of the World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Red Sox won 9-6. They lead the series 3 games to 1.
Pinch-hitter Rafael Devers singled home Brock Holt with the tiebreaking run in the ninth as Boston roared to a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven matchup.
Less than a day after a wrenching, 440-minute defeat ended well past midnight, the Red Sox trailed 4-0 in the seventh inning before they shook off that heartbreak, warmed up their bats and sped away from LA.
''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 impressive.''
Game 5 is Sunday at Dodger Stadium, where the Red Sox can close out a spectacular season with their fourth title in 15 years. Boston picked Game 2 winner David Price to start on short rest over Chris Sale against fellow lefty Clayton Kershaw.
Soon after Yasiel Puig's three-run homer in the sixth put the Dodgers up by four, Boston's incredible surge began with pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland's three-run homer in the seventh. By the time they were done decimating the Dodgers' bullpen, six Red Sox had combined for seven hits - four for extra bases.
''It was just a great night, all the way around,'' Pearce said. ''A great team win. A much-needed win, especially after what happened (in Game 3). I just love this team's fight.''
The Red Sox scored just two runs in their first 24 innings at Dodger Stadium, but added nine more in the final three innings of Game 4. Sale's motivational screams in the dugout might have played a role, but whatever the reason, Boston responded splendidly to a perilous situation.
''Sometimes in October we talk about mechanics, and how you feel at the plate and all that, (but) sometimes it's will,'' rookie manager Alex Cora said. ''You will yourself to do great things. And it started very simple. A few good at-bats, and then the big swing, and we kept rolling and we didn't stop playing.''
The Red Sox overcame a three-run deficit in a World Series game for the second time. Boston also rallied from three down against Cincinnati in 1975 in Game 6, best known for Carlton Fisk's dramatic homer in the 12th after Bernie Carbo tied it with a three-run shot.
Pearce was an unlikely candidate to join that lineage as the latest postseason hero in Boston's long October history, but the 12-year veteran acquired in June did it twice.
The 35-year-old journeyman connected off All-Star closer Kenley Jansen for a tying homer in the eighth, and cleared the bases one inning later with a double to the gap. Pearce joined Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 and David Ortiz in 2004 as the only Boston players to homer while driving in four runs in a World Series game.
''(Puig's homer) was a big blow, but everybody was pulling for each other, trying to get each other riled up,'' Pearce said. ''This team has a lot of fight, and it was great to see how we responded. Our offense went silent for about 20-plus innings, so our pitchers did a great job.''
The superlative Boston roster that won 108 regular-season games and then rolled through the 100-win New York Yankees and defending champion Houston Astros to win the AL pennant is now one win from this formerly tormented franchise's ninth World Series crown.
Enrique Hernandez hit a two-run homer in the ninth for Los Angeles, which could become the first team to lose the World Series on its home field in back-to-back seasons since the New York Giants lost at the Polo Grounds to the Yankees in 1936 and 1937. The Dodgers' bullpen flopped after manager Dave Roberts pulled starter Rich Hill, who dazzled for 6 1/3 innings of one-hit ball.
Los Angeles must overcome a 3-1 deficit to end its 30-year championship drought. Only six teams have accomplished the feat in a best-of-seven World Series, although the Chicago Cubs did it just two years ago.
''We're not out yet,'' Roberts said. ''Our guys aren't done. We've got our best going tomorrow and we're expecting to win a baseball game.''
Less than 17 hours after Max Muncy's 18th-inning homer for the Dodgers ended the longest game in World Series history at 7 hours, 20 minutes, the teams were back on the field in Chavez Ravine. Game 4 took only 3 hours, 57 minutes, but had at least as many twists and turns.

© AP Photo/Elise Amendola From left, Boston Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers and Mookie Betts celebrate after scoring on a three-run RBI double by Steve Pearce during the ninth inning in Game 4 of the World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles.

© AP Photo/Elise Amendola Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt celebrates after hitting a double during the ninth inning in Game 4 of the World Series baseball game on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles.
After Hill left to a standing ovation, Boston's feast on the Dodgers' relievers began. By the time the Red Sox were done, all five relievers used by Roberts had yielded at least one run.

© AP Photo/David J. Phillip Boston Red Sox's Joe Kelly reacts after striking out Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal to end the eighth inning in Game 4 of the World Series baseball game on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles.
Moreland got the comeback started with his three-run shot off Ryan Madson - only Boston's second hit of the game - after Xander Bogaerts and Holt walked.

© AP Photo/David J. Phillip Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood throws during the ninth inning in Game 4 of the World Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles.
Pearce then repeated the Game 3 feat of Jackie Bradley Jr., who also hit a tying homer in the eighth off Jansen. The longtime Dodgers closer has three blown saves and an extra-inning loss during the past two World Series.

© AP Photo/Frank Franklin II Boston Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in New York.
Dodger Stadium was already rumbling with tension and fear when Holt doubled in the ninth off losing pitcher Dylan Floro. Devers sent him home with a go-ahead single - and three batters later, Pearce cleared the bases.

© AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill Boston Red Sox's Steve Pearce hits a three RBI-double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning in Game 4 of the World Series baseball game on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles.
After Pearce arrived at second and Martinez was intentionally walked, Martinez used his hands to make a heart and mouthed ''I love you!'' to Pearce. Both players cracked up.
Pearce even scored Boston's ninth run on Bogaerts' single, celebrating wildly with teammates in somnolent Chavez Ravine.
Devers added a big defensive play in the ninth when he slid to stop Manny Machado's hard grounder behind third before throwing across the diamond for the second out. Craig Kimbrel retired Cody Bellinger to end it, leaving Puig in the on-deck circle.
After throwing six pitches in relief the night before, left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez largely stymied the Dodgers until giving up Puig's homer in the sixth. Rodriguez slammed his glove on the mound in frustration.
Los Angeles opened the scoring on a throwing error by catcher Christian Vazquez.
Joe Kelly was the winner after tossing two shutout innings.
HOLLYWOOD LIGHTS
The stands were packed with iconic Los Angeles athletes from Sandy Koufax and Magic Johnson to Kobe Bryant, who read the Dodgers' starting lineup before watching from the front row in a Machado jersey. Hollywood luminaries also attended, including Charlize Theron, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, James Franco, Don Johnson and Rob Lowe. For the first pitch, Dennis Eckersley took the mound in an Athletics jersey for a toss to Kirk Gibson, whose game-ending homer off Eck in the 1988 World Series still looms larger than Muncy's drive in Dodgers history.
STARTING FROM ZERO
Rodriguez, who threw 93 pitches, became the first pitcher to start a World Series game on zero days' rest since Firpo Marberry for the Washington Senators in 1924.
UP NEXT
Red Sox: Price gave up two runs and three hits over six innings in Game 2 for his second consecutive postseason win. He also pitched in relief in Game 3.
Dodgers: Kershaw makes his fourth World Series start. He was charged with five runs and seven hits over four-plus innings in a Game 1 loss at Boston.

© AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill Boston Red Sox celebrate after their win in Game 4 of the World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Red Sox won 9-6. They lead the series 3 games to 1

© AP Photo/David J. Phillip Los Angeles Dodgers watch the ninth inning from their dugout during Game 4 of the World Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles.
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AJ DUHE       World Series - BOS wins best-of-7 series 4-1 10-29-2018 04:45 AM
Red Sox top Dodgers for 4th World Series title in 15 seasons

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LOS ANGELES (AP)-- 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.
The quest is complete. Yes, these 2018 Red Sox really are that great.
A team to remember from top to bottom. A season to savor from start to finish.
David Price proved his postseason mettle, Steve Pearce homered twice and Boston beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 on Sunday to finish off a one-sided World Series in five games.
A frustrated franchise during decades of despair before ending an 86-year championship drought in 2004, the Red Sox have become baseball's team of the century with four titles in 15 seasons.
''Seeing all these grown men over there, just acting like kids, that's what it's all about,'' Price said after pitching three-hit ball into the eighth inning on short rest. ''This is why I came to Boston.''

After losing on opening day, Alex Cora's team romped to a 17-2 start and a club-record 108 wins, then went 11-3 in the postseason, dispatching the 100-win New York Yankees and the 103-victory and defending champion Houston Astros in the playoffs. Cora, a player on Boston's 2007 champions, became the first manager from Puerto Rico to win a title and just the fifth rookie skipper overall.
''I don't know where we stand in history and all that,'' said Dave Dombrowski, the club's president of baseball operations. ''If somebody would say you're going to win 119 games and lose 57, we'd never, ever fathom that.''

Pearce hit a two-run homer on Clayton Kershaw's sixth pitch. Solo homers by Mookie Betts in the sixth inning and J.D. Martinez in the seventh quieted the Los Angeles crowd. Pearce added a solo drive off Pedro Baez in the eighth, then was selected the Series MVP after the game.
''Best feeling in my life,'' Pearce said.
A June acquisition from Toronto, Pearce had three homers and seven RBIs in the final two games. Thousands of Boston fans remained on the first-base side of the stadium long after the final out, chanting ''Let's go Red Sox!'' and singing ''Sweet Caroline.''
Of course, they let loose a few choice words about the rival Yankees, too.
''I never knew there were so many Red Sox fans here,'' Martinez said.
Players' families, many dressed in red, congregated on the field to join the celebration, some holding babies, some watching children run across the outfield in glee.
''This is the greatest Red Sox team in history,'' owner John Henry proclaimed after receiving the Series trophy.

After losing to Houston in Game 7 last year 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. Los Angeles remains without a championship since 1988.

''Ran up against a very good ballclub - and just a little bit too much for us,'' said manager Dave Roberts, who played for Boston's 2004 champions.

Boston outscored the Dodgers 28-16 and had only a slightly better batting average at .222 to .180. But the Red Sox got timely hitting and won their ninth title, tying the Athletics for third-most behind the Yankees (27) and Cardinals (11).
All that stood between the Red Sox and a sweep was an 18-inning loss in Game 3, the longest World Series game ever. They trailed 4-0 in the seventh inning of Game 4 when Sale rose from the dugout bench for a fiery, profane, motivational rant, and his teammates woke up in time to rally for a 9-6 win.
Boston never trailed in Game 5.

''I didn't say anything that anyone didn't know,'' Sale explained. ''Just rallying the troops and letting them know - we're the best team on the planet, and to start playing like it.''
The 33-year-old Price, a Cy Young Award winner in 2012, long pitched under an October shadow cast by his regular-season success. He had been 0-9 in 11 postseason starts before defeating Astros ace Justin Verlander in the clinching Game 5 of the AL Championship Series. The left-hander won his third straight start Sunday and became the first pitcher to beat Cy Young winners in the finale of an LCS and the World Series in the same year.
''I've been through a lot in three years since I came here, but this is why I came,'' said Price, who like Kershaw can opt out of his contract in the coming days and become a free agent.

After allowing two runs over six innings to win Game 2 last Wednesday, Price got two outs in the ninth inning of Friday's marathon game. He became the first to pitch into the eighth inning of a Series game on one day of rest since the Yankees' Bob Turley in 1957.
''All the haters, it's time to be quiet and show the guy some respect,'' Martinez said.

Price gave up a home run to David Freese on his first pitch , then allowed just two more hits - the last a triple to Freese that Martinez lost in the third-inning twilight and allowed to drop behind him on the right field warning track. Price struck out five and walked two, retiring 14 in a row before a leadoff walk to Chris Taylor in the eighth ended his night after 89 pitches. He tapped his heart several times to Red Sox fans behind the first base dugout while walking to the bench.
Joe Kelly struck out three straight pinch hitters and Sale, originally scheduled to start Game 5, fanned three more in the ninth. Sale ended by throwing a slider past a falling Manny Machado, a meager 4 for 22 (.182) in the Series, and raised both arms. Boston catcher Christian Vazquez ran out to jump on him with glee, and teammates from the dugout and bullpens followed.
While Price rewrote his own October legacy, Kershaw was unable to do the same as he fell to 1-4 with a 6.06 ERA in postseason elimination games. Plagued at times by an aching back, the 30-year-old lefty no longer is the dominant pitcher who won three Cy Young Awards, his famous 12-to-6 breaking ball now more 10 to 4:30.
Kershaw allowed four runs and seven hits - three of them homers - in seven innings. He is 9-10 with a 4.32 ERA in 30 postseason appearances, a huge drop from his 153-69 record and 2.39 ERA during the regular season.
''It just hurts worse when you make it all the way and get second place,'' he said.
Kershaw began aggressively, throwing strikes on his first six pitches, and the Red Sox were ready.

Andrew Benintendi hit a one-out single and Pearce pulled a fastball over the middle of the plate and sent it 405 feet into the left-field pavilion.

While the crowd of 54,367 was stunned, Freese woke up fans in the bottom half. He drove Price's first pitch 402 feet to the opposite field and into the right field pavilion.
Betts homered on a slider that stayed in the strike zone after going 0 for 13 in Los Angeles this weekend, the first postseason home run of his career coming in his 87th at-bat. Martinez homered in the seventh, driving a fastball to straightway center.
By then, fans had started planning for the April 9 home opener against Toronto, when the championship flag will be raised over Fenway after Boston opens with an 11-game trip out West.

''It wasn't as easy as what people think,'' Cora said.

STAY AHEAD
Boston went 7-1 on the road in the postseason and 10-0 overall when scoring first.
I'M STILL HERE

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts was the only active player on the Red Sox from their 2013 championship team.

SPEND IT TO MAKE IT
Boston is the first team with the highest payroll to win the title since the 2009 Yankees.

JUST LIKE LAST YEAR
Cora celebrated on the same field where he earned a ring last year as the Astros' bench coach.

Visiting clubhouse manager Mitch Poole estimates he ordered 263 bottles of champagne for the Red Sox, at an estimated cost of $18,000.

''The visiting team always pays the bill,'' he said.

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