❚ A re­view of Games 1 to 5 with box scores,

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A game-by-game look at the 2018 World Series:

Game 1: Oct. 23

Red Sox 8, Dodgers 4 Site: Bos­ton Nei­ther Chris Sale nor Clay­ton Ker­shaw can record an out af­ter the fourth in­ning, and Bos­ton re­liev­ers out­pitch their Los An­ge­les coun­ter­parts. With one out, the bases loaded and the score tied 3-3 in the fifth, Red Sox short­stop Xan­der Bo­gaerts, fac­ing re­liever Ryan Mad­son, smacks a ground ball to short­stop Manny Machado Red Sox 8, Dodgers 4 that looks like a po­ten­tial dou­ble play. But Bo­gaerts hus­tles to beat out sec­ond base­man Brian Dozier’s re­lay throw to first. The play ex­tends the in­ning for Rafael Dev­ers to sin­gle home Bos­ton’s fifth run. In the sev­enth, Red Sox pinch-hit­ter Ed­uardo Nunez crushes a three­run homer over the Green Mon­ster against Alex Wood to give Bos­ton an in­sur­mount­able lead. Ben­in­tendi, the Red Sox’s left fiel­der, has hits in all three of Bos­ton’s first three run-scor­ing ral­lies.

Quotable: “I don’t re­ally Red Sox 4, Dodgers 2

000 200 000 010 030 00X — 2 —4 care. I’m won.”

— Ben­in­tendi on be­com­ing the third player in Red Sox his­tory to record four hits in a World Series game, fol­low­ing Ja­coby Ells­bury in Game 3 of the 2007 Series and Wally Moses in Game 4 in 1946. just glad we

Game 2: Oct. 24

Red Sox 4, Dodgers 2 Site: Bos­ton

Red Sox starter David Price, who had gone win­less in his first 11 ca­reer post­sea­son starts, works six in­nings to earn his sec­ond play­off vic­tory in a row. The left-han­der suc­ceeds by mix­ing lo­ca­tions with fast­balls and keep­ing Dodgers hit­ters off bal­ance to yield weak con­tact. Los An­ge­les starter Hyun-Jin Ryu al­lows one run over the first four in­nings but leaves the game with two outs in the fifth in­ning af­ter two sin­gles and a walk load the bases when the Dodgers have a 2-1 lead. Just as in Game 1, re­liever Ryan Mad­son al­lows all of his in­her­ited run­ners to score. A walk to Steve Pearce forces in the ty­ing run be­fore a J.D. Martinez liner to right field drives home two Dodgers 3, Red Sox 2 more runs. Quotable:

Red Sox first base­man Mitch More­land on Price.

Game 3

Dodgers 3, Red Sox 2 (18 in­nings)

Site: Los An­ge­les Max Muncy’s walk-off homer in the bot­tom of the 18th in­ning gives the Dodgers a win in the long­est game in World Series his­tory (7 hours, 20 min­utes). The homer saves a ter­rific effort by rookie starter Walker Buehler, who leaves with a one-run lead (on Joc Ped­er­son’s third-in­ning home run) af­ter seven in­nings. But with two outs in the eighth, Ken­ley Jansen gives up a Jackie Bradley Jr. homer to right to tie the score. The score is tied 1-1 in the 13th when a Scott Alexan­der pitch skips away from Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes. The pitch bounces in front of Ed­uardo Nunez, who col­lides with Barnes while try­ing to get out of his way but stays in the game with no po­si­tion play­ers re­main­ing on Bos­ton’s bench. Nunez hits a slow tap­per to­ward first, and sec­ond base­man En­rique Her­nan­dez, cov­er­ing first, can’t han­dle Alexan­der’s throw, al­low­ing Brock Holt to score from sec­ond. Nunez crum­ples over in pain as he crosses first. Sec­ond base­man Ian Kinsler’s throw­ing er­ror on a Yasiel Puig grounder in the bot­tom of the 13th al­lows Muncy to score from sec­ond to tie the score again. Nathan Eo­valdi throws six score­less in­nings be­fore Muncy homers to left against him to end the game.

Quotable: “This hap­pens in this dream right now . ... This whole year has been a sur­real ex­pe­ri­ence that it’s hard to put into words. Just get­ting a chance to play in the World Series has kind of capped it off. And then get­ting a chance to hit a walk-off home run, ob­vi­ously there’s not many words I can use to de­scribe that.”

— Muncy, who was un­em­ployed a year ago, re­leased by the Oak­land Ath­let­ics.


Max Muncy and first-base coach Ge­orge Lom­bard cel­e­brate af­ter the homer that gave the Dodgers their only win in the series.

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