The Red Sox clinched their fourth title of this century on Sunday night at Dodger Stadium, outclassing Los Angeles, 5-1, in front of a sellout crowd of 54,367 fans.
Price gave up a home run to David Freese on his first pitch, then allowed just two more hits - the last a triple to Freese that Martinez lost in the third-inning twilight and allowed to drop behind him on the right field warning track.
Really, you expect to get beaten by guys like Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez (who both also homered in Game 5).
Pearce, a June acquisition from Toronto, had three homers and seven RBIs in the final two games of the Series. "#BOSTON #BeanTown #DoDamage." Even Magic Johnson congratulated the Dodgers' opposing team, tweeting, "Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox players, Manager Alex Cora, owners, and all Red Sox fans for winning the 2018 World Series!".
After Aaron Judge played "New York, New York" on his way out of Fenway Park following the Yankees' Game 2 win in the ALDS, Boston celebrated to the classic track, after finishing off New York in four games at Yankee Stadium.
Nathan Eovaldi, traded to the Red Sox in July, worked in relief in three games, including his six-inning outing in Friday's 18-inning Game 3 marathon won by the Dodgers, posting a 1.16 ERA. The other team to win more than Boston is the Seattle Mariners, who won 120 games before losing in the 2001 American League Championship Series.
"When you say that it's nearly overwhelming", Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said.
"No, no, I don't", he said before Game 5.
In the World Series, Machado was far from alone in underperforming.
After losing to Houston in Game 7 a year ago 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. 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.
It seemed like every move Cora made in October came up golden for the Red Sox.
Pearce added the coup de grace in the eighth, touching up Pedro Baez with one final swing.
Despite all the good David Price had done in his stellar career that started with the Rays, the rap was that he couldn't win the big one. Plagued at times by an aching back, the 30-year-old lefty no longer is the dominant pitcher who won three Cy Young Awards, his famous 12-to-6 breaking ball now more 10 to 4:30. He led the Red Sox to their best season in the franchise's 118-year history - and it's near the top of the sport all-time.
While he certainly made it look easy from April to October, Cora said that was not always the case. Cora said he imagined his home town "going crazy" after the Red Sox's World Series win.
"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.
Darvish was the starter in last year's Game 7 against the Astros and he allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings in the Dodgers' 5-1 loss.
Roberts' decision to pull Hill triggered a slew of debate on Twitter, with Trump weighing in to say: "It is unbelievable how a manager takes out a pitcher who is loose & dominating through nearly 7 innings, Rich Hill of Dodgers, and brings in nervous reliever (s) who get shellacked".
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.