LOS ANGELES (CCN) — Former Detroit Tigers' star David Price pitched into the 8th inning as he won for the second time in the World Series Sunday night to help the Boston Red Sox win it all in Los Angeles with a 5-1 victory in Game 5 over the Dodgers. Price allowed only two hits after a lead-off home run by David Freese. Another former Tigers' star (J.D. Martinez) slugged a homer for the Red Sox and so, too, did Steve Pearce and Mookie Betts. Pearce, who hit three homers and drove in seven runs in his last six at bats of the series, was selected as the World Series MVP. It was the fourth World Series championship of the 21st century for the Red Sox while the Dodgers have now gone 30 years since winning their last one. They were beaten in Game 7 of last year's World Series by the Houston Astros and became the first team since the Texas Rangers in 2010 and 2011 to lose in back-to-back seasons.
LOS ANGELES (CCN) — Steve Pearce belted a game-tying homer in the 7th inning and then smacked a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double to put the Boston Red Sox ahead in the 9th as they rallied from a 4-0 deficit to win 8-4 Saturday night in Los Angeles over the Dodgers. The Game 4 rally gave Boston a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven series just hours after losing an 18-inning marathon in Game 3 of the 2018 World Series. Boston's rally started with a three-run, pinch hit homer by Mitch Moreland before Pearce's shot tied it up at 4-4. Pearce's dramatic 9th inning delivery in the clutch led to a rally that marked the first time this season that anybody has beaten the Dodgers after trailing by four runs or more. They were 54-0 before Boston rallied. The Red Sox, who would have Game 6 and Game 7 back in Boston at Fenway Park if they are necessary, try to close out the series Sunday with David Price on the mound. Game time is 8:15 pm on Fox TV.
LOS ANGELES (CCN) — Max Muncy, who started the year in Triple-A ball but ended up leading the Los Angeles Dodgers in home runs during the regular season with 35, blasted the biggest homer of his career Friday night to end the longest World Series game in history. His walk-off, solo blast in the 18th inning ended a marathon contest that lasted 7 hours and 20 minutes and gave the Dodgers a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox in Game 3. Muncy, who nearly hit one out in the 15th inning with a deep drive to the warning track, belted out a 3-2 pitch to lead off the bottom of the 18th inning. It prevented the Dodgers from going down 3-0 — a deficit no team has ever overcome in the World Series. Game 4 will again be in Los Angeles Saturday night. Game time is 8:09 pm on Fox TV as the Dodgers try to even the series at 2-2.
LOS ANGELES (CCN) — Rick Porcello was Boston's Game 4 starter in the American League Division Series and in the A.L. Championship Series, but Manager Alex Cora has announced that his 17-game winner during the regular season will ge the ball in Game 3 of the World Series. Porcello, who pitched in the 2012 World Series in relief for the Detroit Tigers, has 313 career starts and is scheduled to make his first World Series start on Friday night against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Boston won the first two games at Fenway Park and the action now shifts to the west coast for Games 4 and 5, as well as Game 6 on Sunday, if necessary. Cora said he is undecided about a Game 4 starter since Nathan Eovaldi worked the 8th inning of both games in Boston. Eovaldi was Boston's Game 3 starter in the two previous 2018 postseason series.
BOSTON (CCN) — Three former Detroit Tigers' stars played key roles Wednesday night as the Boston Red Sox won Game 2 of the World Series. They beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 to take a 2-0 lead as the series now shifts to the west coast after the first two games at Fenway Park in Boston. Former Tigers' star David Price was the winning pitcher after allowing only three hits in 6 innings of brilliant work, ex-Tiger Ian Kinsler delivered an RBI single and former Detroit slugger J.D. Martinez broke a 2-2 tie with a clutch bases-loaded, two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the 6th inning. The Red Sox, who have scored 9 of their 12 runs so far in the World Series after two outs in an inning, tied it Wednesday night one batter before Martinez on a bases loaded walk.
BOSTON (CCN) — A pinch-hit, three-run home run by Eduardo Nunez over the green monster wall in leftfield broke open a one-run ballgame Tuesday night as the Boston Red Sox won 8-4 in Game 1 of the World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Andrew Benintendi was 4-for-5 for Boston, scoring three times and driving in one more. The Red Sox drove Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw out of the game by roughing him up for 5 runs and 7 hits in 4 innings of work. Chris Sale went the first 4 innings for the Red Sox who used 7 pitchers in the contest with the final 6 combining to allow only two hits. Matt Kemp had a solo homer for the Dodgers, Justin Turner had three hits and Manny Machado had a 3-RBI single. The Red Sox, who were baseball's best team during the regular season with 108 victories, try to go ahead 2-0 Wednesday night. Game time from Boston's Fenway Park is 8:09 pm on Fox TV.
BOSTON (CCN) — The 2018 World Series opens Tuesday night in Boston as the Red Sox host the Los Angeles Dodgers with each club sending their pitching aces to the mound. The Dodgers will hand the ball to Clayton Kershaw who is a three-time National League Cy Young Award winner and seven-time Major League Baseball All-Star Game selection. Boston will counter with Chris Sale who is also a seven-time All-Star and finished in the top five in the American League Cy Young Award voting after each of the last five seasons. Game time on Fox TV is set for 8:09 pm. The three-point night by Tatar was special and he told the media afterward: "Obviously, I was focusing on my team here, but it was really special to play against Detroit. It's fun against my old friends, my old teammates, so it was obviously a big win." The loss sent the Red Wings to their sixth straight loss to start the season for the first time in franchise history. They didn't win their first game until the 10th try during the 1985-86 season, but they had an opening-night tie.
MILWAUKEE (CCN) — Manager Dave Roberts is taking his Los Angeles Dodgers back to the World Series. They beat the Brewers 5-1 in a decisive Game 7 Saturday night in Milwaukee to earn the return trip. They lost to the Houston Astros a year ago and now face baseball's best regular season record team on Tuesday night in Boston against the Red Sox. They were led Saturday by home runs from Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig, great pitching by starter Walker Buehler and a 9th inning save by ace Clayton Kershaw. Chris Taylor also added a 5th inning defensive gem with a run-saving catch in the leftfield.
HOUSTON (CCN) — David Price's dominant pitching performance in Game 5 Thursday night powered the Boston Red Sox into the World Series. They await the winner of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers. Price beat former Detroit Tigers' teammate Justin Verlander who led last year's Houston Astros to a World Series championship. Another former Tigers' star, J.D. Martinez, greeted Verlander with a 3rd inning solo home run shot and Rafael Devers added a three-run homer.
LOS ANGELES (CCN) — It could have been his final appearance in front of the home fans in Los Angeles as a member of the Dodgers. But Clayton Kershaw is hoping Wednesday night's pitching gem against the Milwaukee Brewers isn't his finale. Kershaw went 7 innings and allowed only three hits to help the Dodgers win 5-2 in Game 5 of their Best-of-7 National League Championship Series. The victory gave LA a 3-2 lead as the series now shifts back to Milwaukee for Game 6, and Game 7 if necessary. Kershaw struck out 9 batters and retired the final 13 batters he faced to give LA's bullpen a much-needed rest after providing 8 scoreless innings in Tuesday night's marathon walk-off 2-1 victory in 13 innings. The 13 in a row streak started after Kershaw struck out Jesus Aguilar with two outs and the bases loaded in the 3rd. Max Muncy's RBI single broke a 1-1 tie in the 6th and Yasiel Puig added another RBI single later in the inning for a 3-1 edge. Jason's Turner's RBI single and Brian Dozier's RBI groundout made it 5-1 in the 7th.
HOUSTON (CCN) — Andrew Benintendi made a dramatic diving catch in leftfield with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 8-6 Wednesday night in Houston to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their Best-of-7 American League Championship Series. Benintendi's gem ended a 4 1/2 hour marathon that saw Houston send its best man to the plate (Alex Bregman) after loading the bases to put closer Craig Kimbrel on the ropes as the hometown fans went crazy. The other big moment of the game came in the opening inning when Jose Altuve was called out on a review after what appeared to be a two-run homer when fan interference was ruled after Mookie Betts made a near catch over the rightfield fence. A fan instead hit the ball but Major League Baseball rules say fan interference should not be called when a ball is clearly over the fence. Jackie Bradley Jr., who hit a grand slam in Game 4, drilled a two-run homer for Red Sox in the 6th to put them ahead 6-5.
HOUSTON — With the Boston Red Sox ahead 3-2 in the 8th inning, Jackie Bradley Jr. blasted a grand slam home run to put the game out of reach Tuesday night in Houston as the Boston Red Sox went ahead 2-1 in their best-of-7 American League Championship Series. The Red Sox went on to win 8-2 Tuesday as Bradley was the hero again one game after smacking a key go-ahead, bases-clearing, bases-loaded double to spark a Game 2 victory over the defending World Series champion Astros. Houston won the opener behind a strong pitching performance by former Detroit Tigers' ace Justin Verlander. Boston's lineup includes former Tigers JD Martinez, Ian Kinsler, David Price and Rick Porcello.