Another year, another World Series celebration at Dodgers Stadium by a team that wasn't the Dodgers.
The Red Sox took the best-of-seven series 4-1.
He now starts a new streak with perhaps the most important RBI of his career, putting the Red Sox up three games to one in the World Series.
David Freese struck back with a homer at the bottom to get LA on the board, but Mookie Betts and J D Martinez helped the Red Sox rack up another two.
Sale came out of the 'pen firing gas and struck out all three batters he faced, finishing the game by fanning Manny Machado. 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).
Betts, the likely American League MVP, was just 4-for-19 in the World Series heading into Game 5, but his sixth-inning home run off Kershaw gave Boston a 3-1 lead. 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. Everybody knows, they talk about we have the highest payroll in baseball.
"This is why I came here", Price said. "Before the World Series started we had media day". During the NLCS, he was criticized for not hustling during a groundout, kicking Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar near the ankle as he jogged out a groundout (which drew a $10,000 fine) and for a pair of hard slides into Orlando Arcia in Game 3 while the Milwaukee shortstop was attempting to turn double plays.
"This is why I came to Boston".
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Kershaw, who has never lived up to his Cy Young credentials in the postseason, endured another rough outing and gave up four runs on seven hits in seven innings of work.
For Boston, starter David Price was brilliant.
"What a season", Cora said.
Pearce is headed to free agency, but after the thump he provided against left-handed pitching this year, the Red Sox should be hot on his trail.
David Price got emotional during a postgame press conference after the Red Sox won the World Series. "And honestly when I'm done here, I shower, I get in that vehicle, I might get a text and say, "Go to the pharmacy and get some diapers for the kids".
"This was a tough one for us tonight, it really was", Kershaw, who now will need to decide if he will exercise the opt-out clause in his contract, said.
"Just because I failed in October for about nine straight years, it didn't take away my passion from baseball", Price said before the first of his two World Series starts. Reliever Joe Kelly (4.39 ERA in regular season) pitched in all five games, throwing six scoreless innings, with 10 strikeouts.
"All year when it didn't look so good, our guys stuck together, stayed the course and believed in one another and put ourselves in a chance to win a championship", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
Backed into a corner and with their bullpen worn out, the Dodgers turned to three-time Cy Young victor Clayton Kershaw, while the Red Sox countered with their Cy Young victor Price.