Sox Sock Dodgers in Game One, 8-4
Andrew Benintendi had four hits and Eduardo Nunez broke open a tight game with a pinch hit three run homer as the Boston Red Sox took game one of the World Series, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers
Benintendi scored twice and drove in a run as the Red Sox scored five runs in the first six innings before putting the game away in the seventh.
Benintendi led off the seventh against reliever Julio Urias with a ground rule double down the line in left field. Reliever Pedro Baez struck out pinch hitter Mitch Moreland and walked J. D. Martinez intentionally. Nunez, hitting for Raphael Devers, then homered off lefty Alex Wood to give the Red Sox an 8-4 lead.
The Red Sox jumped on Dodgers' starter Clayton Kershaw (0-1) in the first inning when Mookie Betts led off with a hit and stole second. He scored on a single by Andrew Benintendi. who went to second on the throw and scored on a base hit by J. D. Martinez.
The Dodgers struck against starter Chris Sale in the second when designated hitter Matt Kemp homered to left and tied it in the third on an RBI single by Manny Machado after Justin Turner and David Freese singled.
The Red Sox regained the lead in the bottom of the inning, however, on a double to deep center field by Martinez. In the fifth the Dodgers chased Sale after a leadoff walk to Brian Dozier. Justin Turner singled and Machado's RBI grounder tied the game.
Kershaw exited the game after allowing a walk to Betts and a single to Benintendi with no one out. Ryan Madsen's first pitch was in the dirt allowing both runners to advance. Steve Pearce walked to load the bases. Martinez struck out, but Xander Bogarts beat out a double play grounder as Betts scored the go ahead run. Benintendi then scored on a single by Rafael Devers to make the score 5-3 after five innings.
The Dodgers got a run back in the seventh when Max Muncy and Turner each singled with one out. Ryan Brasier walked pinch hitter Yasmani Grandal to load the bases and Muncy scored on a sacrifice fly by Machado. Eduardo Rodriguez got out of the inning by getting Cody Bellinger on a fly ball.
Sale pitched 4 innings, allowing five hits and three runs, while Kershaw was charged with seven hits and five runs in his four innings of work. Matt Barnes (1-0), who pitched a scoreless fifth before the Red Sox took the lead for good, was credited with the win.