Steve Pearce picked up where he left off in Game 4, slugging two long balls into the left-center field stands. The first came in the bottom of the opening frame off Los Angeles starter Clayton Kershaw after a Andrew Benintendi single, affording the Red Sox an early 2-0 lead. Pearce blasted his second in the eighth inning off righty reliever Pedro Baez, which stretched the lead to four runs.
The Dodgers mustered just three hits all evening. The sole Los Angeles run resulted from a leadoff homer to center by David Freese in the bottom of the first inning.
The Los Angeles starting lineup featured Enrique Hernandez, who was just 5-for-42 in the 2018 postseason entering Game 5, batting in the three-hole. Cody Bellinger, the 2018 NLCS MVP, did not start and did not appear until the eighth inning as a pinch hitter.
The Red Sox rode the arm of starter David Price for seven full innings. He took the mound in the eighth inning, but was pulled in favor of righty Joe Kelley after a Chris Taylor walk. Price struck out five Los Angeles batters. Kelley was perfect in his full inning of work, and Chris Sale tossed a flawless ninth to secure the victory.
Kershaw threw 92 pitches and lasted seven full innings for the Dodgers. Baez handled the eighth, and Kenley Jansen tossed a scoreless ninth.
The Los Angeles defeat came one day after perhaps the biggest bullpen meltdown in recent postseason history. Rich Hill was yanked in the seventh inning for another lefty, Scott Alexander, after allowing just one hit and two walks on 91 pitches. Alexander walked Brock Holt and was replaced by righty Ryan Madson, who promptly surrendered a three-run home run to Mitch Moreland. All seven inherited runners that Madson faced over the course of the World Series managed to score.
Pearce was named the series MVP.