Dodgers bench Bellinger for elimination game vs Red Sox

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The well-travelled journeyman wound up as the World Series MVP on Sunday night after hitting two home runs that sent Boston over the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 5.

The Dodgers started Hill in Game 4 as planned.

"Again, this is less about who wins and more about being prepared for when the series is decided", Boston police said in a statement.

However, even the staunchest Dodgers supporter had to have a sour taste in his stomach watching Pearce hammer Kershaw's sixth pitch of the game over the left-center-field wall and give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead.

Game 1 starter Chris Sale was expected to again get the ball but, with the Red Sox leading 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, they will turn back to Game 2 victor Price. "And just a little bit too much for us", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. How do we explain baseball?

He has now won his last two post-season starts, after leading Boston past Los Angeles in Game 2. He became the first to pitch into the eighth inning of a Series game on one day of rest since the Yankees' Bob Turley in 1957.

The hitters' performance in turning around the game was rooted, at least in part, in some strong words in the dugout from Sale, who, in some colorful language, told his teammates they needed to get it going.

For a dozen years, Steve Pearce was on the move.

"I've been through a lot in three years since I came here, but this is why I came", Price said.

With a potential championship clincher hanging in the balance, the patches of red in the stands were noticeable, and the Red Sox fans controlled the energy in the stadium for most of the night. 4 run lead gone. Price pitched six innings of three-hit, two-run ball in Game 2, a Boston win. Kershaw came into the game with a career record of 9-9 in the postseason with a 4.28 ERA. I don't know how many Dodger games he's watched.

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