Well-travelled Pearce finds a place...as World Series MVP

Well-travelled Pearce finds a place...as World Series MVP

Well-travelled Pearce finds a place...as World Series MVP

After losing to Houston in Game 7 previous year by the same 5-1 score, the Dodgers became the first team ousted on its home field in consecutive World Series since the New York Giants by the New York Yankees at the Polo Grounds in 1936 and '37.

Pearce hit a game-tying homer in the eighth inning of Saturday's Game 4 followed by a three-run double in the ninth to help the Red Sox emphatically rally to a victory that left them one win away from their fourth title in 15 years.

Boston's Alex Cora, in his first year as a manager, is the first Puerto Rican manager to take a team to - and now win - the World Series.

"This is why I came here", Price said on the field afterward.

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.

The Sox looked to be in deep trouble after Yasiel Puig hit a three-run home run off Eduardo Rodriguez in the sixth inning, extending their lead to 4-0.

And then there was Price, who after years of playoff failure was pure money in his last three starts, including the jubilant clincher.

In Saturday night's Game 4, Machado stepped on Steve Pearce's heel as he was running through first base. When he signed with Boston he said, "I'm signing with Boston because we're going to win a World Series". "This is a game we get to play". I think that kind of lit a fire under everybody. "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".

The locals have now gone three decades without a World Series title, a span where other LA teams including the NBA's Lakers and the NHL's Kings have won multiple championships.

"This is why I came to Boston".

That was quick! Steve Pearce tags Clayton Kershaw for a home run and it's already 2-0 Boston. Several Red Sox players spilled from the dugout to greet him. "I never had a manager that was like rah, rah, screaming at guys". Not leaving anything to chance, Cora brought in his ace Chris Sale to finish off the Dodgers with a 1-2-3 inning.

The swap was premised on getting extra rest for Sale, whose cranky shoulder is obviously an issue, for him to pitch the if-necessary Game 6 on Tuesday in Boston.

For Blue Jays fans, this represents a "feel-good story" of sorts, as despite being a member of the Boston Red Sox, Pearce was proud to play in Toronto, and for much of his tenure with the Jays, was a productive, solid contributor, when healthy.

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