Boston Red Sox with starting pitcher, David Price, who pitched seven innings along with first baseman Steve Pearce, who hit two homers and drove in three runs, beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 5 of the Fall Classic and won the series 4-1 to become World Series champions of Major League Baseball on Sunday.
The title for the Red Sox, which also ended the regular season with a record of 108 wins, is their fourth in the last 15 years and the first since 2013. While the Dodgers, who lost the World Series in their Dodger Stadium for the second consecutive season, remain without a Fall Classic title in 30 years.
Left-handed Price (2-0) was once again the star of the Red Sox by pitching seven full innings and allowed a single homer in the bottom half of the first inning by David Freese (1) from the Dodgers.
Red Sox middle reliever Joe Kelly was chosen to take the ball from Price and struck out three hitters in the eighth inning. The timely and explosive hitting for the Red Sox came from Pearce (3), who hit two homers, two runs as soon as the game started and the second solo in the eighth.
The big loser of the night was Dodgers star left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw (0-2) who pitched seven innings in which he allowed seven hits, including three homers, with four earned runs, did not walk and fanned five batters after having made 92 pitches and 66 were located in the strike area.
First baseman Steve Pearce hit two homers in Game 5 of the 114th edition of the World Series, helping the Boston Red Sox beat Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 on Sunday. While the Red Sox won the World Series 4-1, Pearce was adjudged the Most Valuable Player (MVP).
"This is the greatest feeling of my life. When you're a kid, this is where you want to be. And it's happening right now," said the 35-year-old. Pearce belted two home runs in the first innings against left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw, giving his team a lead, which they retained until the end.
Traded from the Toronto Blue Jays on Jun. 28, Pearce is the second ballplayer acquired mid-season to win the MVP in the World Series, after Donn Clendenon in 1969.