The Boston Red Sox’s first four runs in Game 5 of the World Series all came by way of the long ball.
Steve Pearce launched a two-run shot in the first, then Mookie Betts added a solo homer in the sixth. And with the Red Sox up on the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 in the seventh, slugger J.D. Martinez went deep.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw left a 1-1 fastball over the plate to Martinez, who responded by uncorking a deep blast to straightaway center field, upping the lead to 4-1.
The homer from Martinez puts the Red Sox in an even better spot to clinch the Fall Classic on Sunday.