Boston's Market: Red Sox fans roar for another title in LA

The well-traveled Pearce wound up as the World Series MVP on Sunday night after hitting two home runs that sent Boston over the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 5.

And well done, Red Sox.

Martinez hit Boston's third homer of the game off Los Angeles lefty Clayton Kershaw. Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez hit solo home runs. He is just the second pitcher age 38 or older to post three World Series starts in which he's allowed just one earned run, including two a year ago.

Kershaw gave up three runs and four hits with four strikeouts and no walks.

The Dodgers have lost the last two Fall Classics and haven't won the championship since 1988.

"It's insane. You kind of see that offensive halt for 20-something innings or however long it was", Martinez said.

Pearce joined Babe Ruth and Ted Kluszewski as the only players 35 or older with multiple-homer games in a World Series.

Boston owner John Henry, who also owns Liverpool, declared the side the best in the franchise history, not that it softened the blow for the Dodgers of losing to one of the great sides.

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Puig then crushed a 92 miles per hour fastball deep into the left-field bleachers, raising his arms in triumph while Rodriguez slammed down his glove in pure frustration.

Freese, who homered leading off the bottom of the first, was stranded. 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.

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

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

Cora celebrated on the same field where he earned a ring past year as the Astros' bench coach.

He said he felt at home with the Red Sox as soon as he arrived, and not just because he had backed them as a boy.

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

  • Lawrence Cooper