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How the Red Sox topped the Dodgers in Game 1, inning by inning

Boston, MA - 10/23/2018 - Red Sox Eduardo Nunez rounds first base after hitting a three run home run in the seventh inning. The Boston Red Sox host the LA Dodgers in Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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Eduardo Nunez rounds first base after hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning.

The Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-4, on Tuesday night to take a 1-0 lead in the World Series.

Here is Peter Abraham’s game story from Fenway Park.

Here is the box score.

Below are updates and analysis from the game as it unfolded.

Ninth inning: Red Sox 8, Dodgers 4

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Top: Craig Kimbrel came on to pitch for Boston and retired the side in order.

Eighth inning: Red Sox 8, Dodgers 4

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Bottom: Sandy Leon singled on a line drive to center field. Then Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts struck out. Andrew Benintendi grounded out to second to end the inning.

Top: Nathan Eovaldi replaced Rodriguez on the mound and retired the side in order.

Seventh inning: Red Sox 8, Dodgers 4

Bottom: Andrew Benintendi reached second after Joc Pederson couldn’t field a shallow fly ball to left field. Pedro Baez replaced Julio Urias on the mound. Baez then struck out Mitch Moreland, who was pinch-hitting for Steve Pearce. After Baez intentionally walked J.D. Martinez to put runners on first and second, Xander Bogaerts struck out swinging. Alex Wood replaced Baez on the mound. Pinch-hitting for Rafael Devers, Eduardo Nunez hit a three-run homer into the Green Monster. Ian Kinsler popped out to end the inning.

Mookie Betts celebrates with Eduardo Nunez after Nunez’s seventh-inning homer.
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Mookie Betts celebrates with Eduardo Nunez after Nunez’s seventh-inning homer.

Top: Righthander Ryan Brasier replaced Joe Kelly on the mound. Pinch-hitting for Austin Barnes, Joc Pederson grounded out to open the inning. Pinch-hitting for Brian Dozier, Max Muncy worked a 3-2 count and ripped a single through the infield. Justin Turner got a base hit to put runners on first and second with one out. Pinch-hitting for David Freese, Yasmani Grandal walked to load the bases for Manny Machado, who hit a sacrifice fly to center. Muncy tagged to trim Boston’s lead to 5-4, and runners stayed at first and second. Eduardo Rodriguez replaced Brasier on the mound. Cody Bellinger popped out to end the inning.

Sixth inning: Red Sox 5, Dodgers 3

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Bottom: Lefthander Julio Urias replaced Ryan Madson on the mound. Sandy Leon struck out swinging before Jackie Bradley Jr. was called out on strikes. Mookie Betts popped out to first to end the inning.

Top: Joe Kelly replaced Matt Barnes on the mound. Kelly retired the side in order, including back-to-back strikeouts to open the inning. In Yasiel Puig’s at-bat, Kelly’s pitches registered at 99.8, 100.1, 99.1, 99.9, and 98.8 miles per hour.

Joe Kelly threw 14 pitches in the sixth, 11 for strikes.
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Joe Kelly threw 14 pitches in the sixth, 11 for strikes.

Fifth inning: Red Sox 5, Dodgers 3

Bottom: Clayton Kershaw walked Mookie Betts on nine pitches, Andrew Benintendi singled on a line drive to left field, and then Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled Kershaw. Ryan Madson took the mound for LA. Madon’s second pitch bounced in front of home plate and got by catcher Austin Barnes, allowing Betts and Benintendi to advance to second and third. Madson walked Steve Pearce on four pitches to load the bases. J.D. Martinez then struck out swinging for the first out of the inning. Xander Bogaerts hit a bouncing ball to short, but the Dodgers couldn’t turn the double play. Betts scored, Benintendi advanced to third, Pearce was thrown out at second, and Bogaerts was safe at first. With runners on the corners, Rafael Devers singled past a diving Dozier. Benintendi scored to extend Boston’s lead to 5-3. Kinsler lined out to end the inning.

Top: Matt Barnes started warming in the Sox bullpen. Chris Sale issued a lead-off walk to Brian Dozier and was pulled by manager Alex Cora. Barnes replaced him on the mound. On Barnes’s second pitch, Justin Turner muscled a grounder past Rafael Devers to put runners on first and second. David Freese then struck out swinging for the first out of the inning. The two runners advanced to second and third after Barnes’s second pitch to Manny Machado got away from Leon. Machado then grounded out, but scored Dozier to tie it at 3-3. Pinch-hitting for Chris Taylor, Cody Bellinger popped out to end the inning.

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Fourth inning: Red Sox 3, Dodgers 2

Bottom: Clayton Kershaw retired the side in order, striking out Ian Kinsler and Sandy Leon before Jackie Bradley Jr. grounded out to first to end the inning.

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Top: Chris Sale opened the inning by striking out Enrique Hernandez and Yasiel Puig, Sale’s sixth and seventh Ks of the night. Austin Barnes then lined out to center to end the frame.

Third inning: Red Sox 3, Dodgers 2

Bottom: After Mookie Betts struck out swinging to open the inning, a blooper from Andrew Benintendi dropped in front of Chris Taylor in left field. The ball got past Taylor, but Benintendi was held at first. Steve Pearce hit a grounder to the Manny Machado, who started the 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. The Red Sox challenged the out call at first, however, and Pearce was ruled safe after replay review. J.D. Martinez then hit a high fly ball off the center field wall to drive in Pearce, giving Boston a 3-2 lead. As he was rounding second, Martinez slipped on the bag and appeared to tweak his ankle. He stayed in the game. Then Rafael Devers struck out swinging to end the inning. Clayton Kershaw’s pitch count: 56, 36 for strikes.

J.D. Martinez slipped while running the bases after his double in the third.
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J.D. Martinez slipped while running the bases after his double in the third.

A trainer looked at Martinez after he slipped.
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A trainer looked at Martinez after he slipped.

Top: After Brian Dozier flew out to left field, Justin Turner singled to right field. David Freese’s liner to left dropped in front of Andrew Benintendi for a base hit to put runners on first and second. Manny Machado then grounded a base hit to left, driving in Turner to even the score at 2-2. With runners on first and second, Chris Taylor struck out looking and Matt Kemp grounded out to end the inning. Chris Sale has struck out five and is at 72 pitches through three.

Manny Machado hit an RBI single in the third inning.
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Manny Machado hit an RBI single in the third inning.

Second inning: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 1

Bottom: Clayton Kershaw walked Rafael Devers on five pitches. After Ian Kinsler struck out swinging, Sandy Leon earned his first hit of the postseason with a single to right field. Devers advanced to third. Jackie Bradley Jr.’s hard-hit ball up the middle deflected off of Kershaw’s foot, and Manny Machado was able to turn a double play to end the inning.

Top: Chris Sale struck out Chris Taylor to start the inning — Sale’s third of the night. After working an eight-pitch at-bat, Matt Kemp then launched a homer into the Green Monster to pull the Dodgers within one. Kemp’s blast had an exit velocity of 101 miles per hour and traveled a projected 389 feet. After Enrique Hernandez grounded out, Sale walked Yasiel Puig on seven pitches. Austin Barnes struck out swinging to end the inning. Sale’s pitch count: 51, 30 for strikes.

Matt Kemp hitting his solo homer in the second.
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Matt Kemp hitting his solo homer in the second.

Chris Sale looks down as Matt Kemp rounds the bases after his solo shot.
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Chris Sale looks down as Matt Kemp rounds the bases after his solo shot.

First inning: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

Bottom: Mookie Betts singled to center field to open the inning. On the next pitch, Betts stole second. Andrew Benintendi then hit a grounder past a diving Dozier to drive in Betts. Benintendi reached second on the base hit. The Dodgers challenged the safe call, but it was upheld. Steve Pearce flied out to shallow right for the first out of the inning. J.D. Martinez singled left-center to drive in Benintendi, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead. During Xander Bogaerts’s at-bat, Martinez was thrown out at second after taking off too early from first. Bogaerts then popped out to first base to end the inning.

Kershaw’s pitch count: 20, 13 for strikes.

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Top: Lefty Chris Sale started his night with back-to-back strikeouts of Brian Dozier and Justin Turner. David Freese then singled to right field. Manny Machado flied out to left field to end the inning. Sale’s pitch count: 21, 13 strikes. His pitch velocity reached 96 miles per hour.

Pregame scenes, observations, and notes

The Prudential Building is lit up supporting the Red Sox.
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The Prudential Building is lit up supporting the Red Sox.

  The rain stopped at Fenway Park and the grounds crew removed the tarp in the 7 o’clock hour.

The temperature was 49 degrees at game time and will drop into the mid-40s as the game progresses.

At about 6:30 p.m., fans at Fenway Park were told to take cover because of “severe weather in the area.”

The infield tarp covers the field as a storm passes over Fenway Park before the game.
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The infield tarp covers the field as a storm passes over Fenway Park before the game.

Fans were instructed to take cover as a storm moved through the area.
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Fans were instructed to take cover as a storm moved through the area.

Alex Speier wrote about how players handle the cold and how it might affect hitters and control for pitchers.

  Bill Belichick narrated the Fox’s hype video that aired ahead of Game 1.

  Carl Yastrzemski threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

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  James Taylor sang the national anthem.

  David Ortiz, working the World Series for Fox, is back at Fenway and chatted with Mookie Betts this afternoon.

Boston, MA 10-23-18: After a rain storm moved through the area, Red Sox Game Two scheduled starting pitcher David Price walked on the wet dirt, while in the backround, the grounds crew, who had removed the tarp to clear it of standing water, were ready to put it back on over the infield. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game One of the World Series at Fenway Park. (
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After a rain storm moved through the area, David Price walked on the wet dirt, while in the backround, the grounds crew, who had removed the tarp to clear it of standing water, were ready to put it back on over the infield.

Boston, MA 10-23-18: Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi is shadowed by an umbrella toting camera crew as heavy rain fell in the area around 4:30 pm. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game One of the World Series at Fenway Park. (
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Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi is shadowed by an umbrella-toting camera crew as heavy rain fell at Fenway Park at about 4:30 p.m.

Lineups

  LHP Chris Sale (1-0, 3.48 postseason) and LHP Clayton Kershaw (2-1, 2.37 postseason) are the starters.

RED SOX (108-54 regular season, 7-2 postseason)DODGERS (92-71 regular season, 7-4 postseason)
Betts RFDozier 2B
Benintendi LFTurner 3B
Pearce 1BFreese 1B
Martinez DHMachado SS
Bogaerts SSTaylor LF
Devers 3BKemp DH
Kinsler 2BHernandez CF
Leon CPuig RF
Bradley Jr. CFBarnes C

  Among active pitchers, the 30-year-old Kershaw has the lowest earned run average at 2.39. The 29-year-old Sale is second at 2.89. They faced each other one previous time, on June 15, 2012 at Dodger Stadium. Neither pitched well. Sale allowed five earned runs over 5.2 innings and Sale four over six. The Dodgers beat the White Sox, 7-6.

Peter Abraham

Here is Abraham’s full game preview with more notes and nuggets.

Red Sox World Series roster

Pitchers (11): RHP Matt Barnes, RHP Ryan Brasier, RHP Nathan Eovaldi, RHP Heath Hembree, RHP Joe Kelly, RHP Craig Kimbrel, LHP Drew Pomeranz, RHP Rick Porcello, LHP David Price, LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP Chris Sale.

Catchers (3): Sandy Leon, Blake Swihart, Christian Vazquez.

Infielders (7): Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Brock Holt, Ian Kinsler, Mitch Moreland, Eduardo Nunez, Steve Pearce.

Outfielders (4): Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., J.D. Martinez.

Dodgers World Series roster

Pitchers (12): LHP Scott Alexander, RHP Pedro Baez, RHP Walker Buehler, RHP Dylan Floro, LHP Rich Hill, RHP Kenley Jansen, LHP Clayton Kershaw, RHP Ryan Madson, RHP Kenta Maeda, LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, LHP Julio Urias, LHP Alex Wood.

Catchers (2): Austin Barnes, Yasmani Grandal.

Infielders (6): Brian Dozier, David Freese, Enrique Hernandez, Manny Machado, Max Muncy, Justin Turner.

Outfielders (5): Cody Bellinger, Matt Kemp, Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor.

Pregame reading

  Peter Abraham: Which Chris Sale will start Game 1, the dominating force or the ailing ace? Sale was overwhelming during the first four months of the season, but he hasn’t been the same since he was sidelined with a sore shoulder. (Read more)

  How the Red Sox and Dodgers match up, position by position. (Read more)

  Alex Speier: Think the World Series is a mismatch? Think again. Both teams do a lot of things well, and there are plenty of similarities in the two clubs. (Read more)

  Tara Sullivan: Amid a busy baseball season, Alex Cora was there for a grief-stricken friend whose son died in a car accident in July. (Read more)

  An MLB scout’s view of this World Series: Kimball Crossley examined the matchups within the series to identify strengths and weaknesses on both sides. (Read more)

  Chad Finn: It’s easy to like these Red Sox. Let’s just say it’s been a complete team effort. And there’s not much that’s more likable than that. (Read more)

  Speier: Tim Hyers is smack in the middle of this series. The Red Sox’ hitting coach spent 2016-17 with the Dodgers, and has played a major role in developing both teams’ powerful lineups. (Read more)

  Sullivan: For the Kimbrels, the only save that truly mattered came in March. (Read more)

  Opposing managers Alex Cora and Dave Roberts share a rich history with both sides of this matchup. (Read more)

  Sullivan: Relentless is the No. 1 way to describe these Red Sox. “If you give us another life, we’re going to find some way to chop you down like a tree,” first baseman Steve Pearce said. (Read more)

  One concern about Mookie Betts playing second base: Manny Machado. The Dodgers shortstop has a history of questionable conduct on the basepaths — which the Red Sox know well. (Read more)

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