Three batters into Sunday night’s Game 5, the Boston Red Sox got all they would end up needing against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 5-1 World Series-clinching victory. Steve Pearce blasted a Clayton Kershaw fastball over the Dodger Stadium left-center field wall for a two-run homer to put Boston up 2-0.

That was one of four homers Boston hit in the game, and it was just the first of two dingers for Pearce.

Boston superstar outfielder Mookie Betts cranked his only homer of the postseason with this solo shot vs Kershaw in the sixth:

J.D. Martinez smoked this Clayton Kershaw offering for a solo homer to dead-center in the seventh:

And Pearce took Pedro Baez deep for his second homer of the night (and third homer of the World Series):

That was plenty enough offense for David Price, Joe Kelly, and Chris Sale to work with. Price destroyed the postseason narratives on his career with another fantastic performance, allowing one earned run over seven innings.

Both Kelly and Sale struck out the side, with Sale — Boston’s ace — closing the game out in the ninth. Sale got Manny Machado to fall down on this filthy slider for the title-clinching pitch:

Price and Pearce were both deserving of World Series MVP honors, but Pearce took home the award.

While baseball can be so wacky and the postseason historically has shown to feature plenty of randomness, the Red Sox were the best team in baseball this season with 108 wins (five more than anybody else) and dominated in the postseason. And it’s the third straight year the World Series champion won at least 101 games in the regular season (Chicago Cubs won 103 in 2016, Houston Astros won 101 in 2017).

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