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How the Red Sox won Game 5 and the World Series, inning by inning

David Price was fired up after closing out the Dodgers in the seventh inning.Jim Davis/Globe staff

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David Price pitched seven strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits as the Red Sox defeated the Dodgers, 5-1, to capture their ninth World Series title. Steve Pearce homered twice for the Red Sox, with Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez also going yard to cement the series, 4-1.

Steve Pearce was named the World Series MVP after going 4 for 12 with three home runs and eight RBIs.

Steve Pearce was greeted by J.D. Martinez after his two-run home run in the first inning.Stan Grossfeld/Globe staff

“This is the greatest Red Sox team in history,” owner John Henry said after accepting the World Series trophy.

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The trophy eventually made its way to manager Alex Cora.

“The next thing I’m going to ask this ownership is if I can take this trophy to my island [Puerto Rico],” said Cora.

Here is Peter Abraham’s game story.

Here is the box score.

Below are updates from the game as it unfolded.

Ninth inning: Red Sox 5, Dodgers 1

Bottom: Chris Sale came in for the ninth. Justin Turner struck out swinging for the first out. Kike Hernandez struck out swinging for the second, and Manny Machado struck out swinging for the third.

Top: Kenley Jansen replaced Baez on the mound. Xander Bogaerts walked on six pitches to put a runner on first. Brock Holt hit into a double play, and Rafael Devers grounded out to end the inning.

Photos: Red Sox-Dodgers Game 5

Eighth inning: Red Sox 5, Dodgers 1

Bottom: Price came back out for the eighth and walked Chris Taylor on six pitches. With one on and nobody out, Joe Kelly relieved Price and struck out Matt Kemp, who was pinch-hitting for Austin Barnes. Joc Pederson, pinch-hitting for Baez, worked a 3-2 count and struck out looking. Cody Bellinger, pinch-hitting for David Freese, struck out swinging to end the inning.

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Top: Pedro Baez in for Kershaw. After Mookie Betts flied out and Andrew Benintendi popped out, Steve Pearce homered to center field for his second of the night. J.D. Martinez struck out swinging to end the inning.

Seventh inning: Red Sox 4, Dodgers 1

Bottom: Bottom: Price stayed on the mound and retired the side in order: Manny Machado lined out, Max Muncy flied out, and Yasiel Puig grounded out. Price’s pitch count: 83.

J.D. Martinez rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Top: Kershaw remained in the game and gave up a solo homer to J.D. Martinez to open the inning. Xander Bogaerts then singled to left. Bogaerts was forced out on a grounder by Brock Holt, and Holt reached first. Rafael Devers singled up the middle to put runners on first and second with one out. Christian Vazquez struck out swinging, and Price grounded into a force-out to end the inning.

Sixth inning: Red Sox 3, Dodgers 1

Bottom: Price retired the side in order for the third straight inning: David Freese grounded out, Justin Turner lined out to left, and Kike Hernandez grounded out. Price’s pitch count: 76.

Mookie Betts connects for a solo home run in the sixth inning. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Top: After Price grounded out, Mookie Betts hit a solo homer to extend Boston’s lead to 3-1. Andrew Benintendi grounded out and Steve Pearce lined out to end the inning.

Fifth inning: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 1

Bottom: Price retired the side in order: Chris Taylor struck out swinging for Price’s fifth strikeout of the night, Austin Barnes grounded out, and Clayton Kershaw was tagged out.

Top: Kershaw retired the side in order: Brock Holt lined out, Rafael Devers struck out looking, and Christian Vazquez lined out.

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Fourth inning: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 1

Bottom: Price retired the side in order: Manny Machado struck out swinging, Max Muncy flied out to center, and Yasiel Puig lined out.

Top: Steve Pearce grounded out. J.D. Martinez reached first on a single that floated over the glove of Manny Machado into left. Xander Bogaerts then grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Third inning: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 1

J.D. Martinez goes after a ball hit by David Freese that he misplayed in the third inning. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Bottom: After Kershaw grounded out, J.D. Martinez misjudged a high fly ball from David Freese that sailed over his head and rolled onto the right-field warning track. Freese reached third on the play. Justin Turner then grounded out. Martinez caught a fly ball from Kike Hernandez to end the inning and strand Freese.

Top: Kershaw retired the side in order: David Price struck out swinging, Mookie Betts flied out to center, and Andrew Benintendi grounded out.

Second inning: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 1

Bottom: Max Muncy struck out swinging. Yasiel Puig’s high fly ball dropped for a hit in shallow left-center to put a runner on first. Chris Taylor then popped out, and Austin Barnes struck out swinging to end the inning.

Top: Kershaw retired the side in order: Brock Holt flied out, Rafael Devers struck out swinging, and Christian Vazquez lined out.

David Price exhaled after getting the final out in the first inning.Jim Davis/Globe staff

First inning: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 1

Steve Pearce is greeted by Mookie Betts after his first inning two-run home run.Stan Grossfeld/Globe staff

Bottom: On David Price’s first pitch of the game, David Freese blasted a solo bomb to right-center. Price then walked Justin Turner on five pitches, but Kike Hernandez grounded into a double play. Manny Machado worked a 3-2 count and struck out swinging to end the inning.

Top: After Mookie Betts grounded out, Andrew Benintendi reached base on a single up the middle. Steve Pearce homered on the first pitch he saw from Clayton Kershaw to drive in Benintendi and put two runs on the board. J.D. Martinez grounded out and Xander Bogaerts struck out swinging to end the inning.

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Pregame scenes and notes

Mookie Betts hugged Matt Barnes before the game.Jim Davis/Globe staff
Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw warms up with the Budweiser clydesdales running past him.Jim Davis/Globe staff

Alex Cora explains the Red Sox’ pitching situation ahead of Game 5

Red Sox manager Alex Cora dropped a surprise after Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night, saying he had changed the rotation and would have David Price start Game 5 on Sunday night instead of Chris Sale.

When Cora met with the Red Sox beat writers on Sunday afternoon, he further explained his decision.

Continue reading Peter Abraham’s pregame report here.

Red Sox fans were styling before the game. Barry Chin/Globe Staff
Red Sox fans were in attendance with the palm trees and Dodgers fans. Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Red Sox pitcher Brandon Workman throws in the outfield before batting practice.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

By Scott Thurston

Globe Staff

Alex Cora raised some eyebrows and fueled speculation about Chris Sale’s health when he announced after Game 4 that David Price, starting on short rest, would get the ball and the opportunity to close out the Series but the manager insisted that Price is a “full go” and not just an opener.

“He’s done it before,” Cora said. “He’s in a good place, not only mentally but physically. We feel he can do this.”

The other reason for moving Price is up is that he would be available to pitch in relief in potential Games 6 and 7, where that would be more difficult for Sale, rebounding from a stomach issue.

“You guys know about him coming from injury and then his infection in the belly button,’’ Cora joked. “It was tough for his belly button to bounce back and go to the bullpen in Games 6 and 7. And that’s the reason behind it. It’s not that we’re trying to reinvent this. We’re just being prepared.

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“If it was a tied series, we were going with our starters on full rest.”

Lineups

RED SOX (3-1)DODGERS (1-3)
Betts CFFreese 1B
Benintendi LFTurner 2B
Pearce 1BHernandez CF
Martinez RFMachado SS
Bogaerts SSMuncy 2B
Holt 2BPuig RF
Devers 3BTaylor LF
Vazquez CBarnes C
Price PKershaw P

Lineup notes

■ LHP David Price (2-1, 4.26 ERA) and LHP Clayton Kershaw (2-2, 3.91 postseason) are the starting pitchers.

■ Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, and Joe Kelly have combined to pitch 27.2 innings in the postseason for the Sox and have allowed four earned runs.

■ Price had a 5.12 ERA in the postseason before he signed with the Red Sox. It’s 4.24 since and 3.16 the last two seasons.

■ The Red Sox are going with the same lineup they used in Game 4.

■ Steve Pearce is hitting a deceptive .265 in the postseason. He has a .919 OPS thanks to four extra-base hits and nine walks. He also has eight RBIs. Pearce and Nathan Eovaldi have made Dave Dombrowski look very smart.

– Peter Abraham

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Pregame reading

■ Alex Speier: For Red Sox pinch-hitters, preparation starts long before they get to the plate. (Read more)

■ Chad Finn: After Game 4 triumph, it might be time to plan for a parade. (Read more)

■ Tara Sullivan: Chris Sale and the dugout outburst that lit a fire under the Red Sox. (Read more)

■ Dan Shaughnessy: Relentless Red Sox can no longer be doubted after stunning Dodgers in Game 4. (Read more)