Red Sox dump Dodgers to take control of World Series

Mookie Betts fields a grounder at second base during the Red Sox World Series workout at Fenway Sunday

Credit Stuart Cahill Mookie Betts fields a grounder at second base during the Red Sox World Series workout at Fenway Sunday

The left-hander pitched six innings of three-hit ball, and major league RBI leader J.D. Martinez broke a fifth-inning tie with a two-run single during another two-out rally that sent Boston to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and a 2-0 Series lead. Los Angeles is 3-8 in the last 11 meetings. FOX 61's pregame show "Sports Ticket" will start at 7pm. As happy as the Dodgers will be to return to the warmth of home, the Red Sox might be equally excited to hit the road, where they are 5-0 this postseason.

The 102-year wait for a World Series rematch is by far the longest gap in baseball history. Those wouldn't necessarily be outrageous moves, but I don't think either of those two changes would maximize the potential of the Red Sox' roster. More realistically, though, they were both good pitches.

They then went on to defeat the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS and the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS.

And Price had battled a curse of his own. Whether with Tampa Bay, Toronto, Detroit or Boston, his team had never won a playoff game he started before this year. "I get it, the numbers". "He's been one of the best pitchers in the big leagues for a while, and he cares".

On the scoreboard, this game was closer than Tuesday's 8-4 Red Sox win in Game 1.

"We just have guys that really do a really good job of grinding at-bats out and turning the lineup over", Martinez said. He's got the weapons to attack a particular hitter's weakness and also go to his strengths.

The Boston Red Sox manager piloted the Sox to a franchise-record 108 wins in the regular season, and his coaching wizardry has continued in the playoffs. Sale went four innings, allowing three runs on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.

It had been an evening of comebacks and fallbacks, as the Red Sox led, and then the Dodgers evened the score - twice - and then the Sox took a two-run lead, which soon became a one-run lead. until Nunez stepped out of the shadows in the seventh inning and belted a pinch-hit, three-run homer that, in the words of Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, "was like a deep breath, and an exhale".

Trailing 2-1 entering the fifth, the Red Sox made two quick outs before five consecutive batters reached base. The last 16 Dodger batters were retired without incident.

They had to do it with David Ortiz in previous World Series games in NL ballparks, and I believe they have to do it now with Martinez too. "I thought we left some outs out there", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "But these are the guys that got us here, and we're going to ride them out".

Boston opened the scoring in the second inning when Xander Bogaerts doubled and scored on Ian Kinsler's single.

In 1916, that World Series was confined to the east, when the Red Sox defeated the then-Brooklyn Robins. Yet as is always the case in big games involving evenly contested teams, those moments of decision existed. "I hate managing the other team, but actually you have to manage them and see who they have, and where they're going to come in, and when is going to be the point that the matchup is going to benefit us". "David was wonderful and then the bullpen did what they've been doing all October and now we're up, 2-0".

When Nathan Eovaldi was traded to the Red Sox just before the trade deadline, it meant the team would not be adding any relief help it seemed to desperately need at the time.

"Me and Mookie work on our ballet a lot, especially in spring training", Benintendi said.

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