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Red Sox, Dodgers show they're about more than aces as Kershaw-Sale duel fizzles

Neither starter was wholly responsible for the game's outcome, an 8-4 Boston Red Sox win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. L.A fans, after watching Boston roll up its run total, might experience some queasy flashbacks to last year's seven-game loss in the World Series to the potent Houston Astros. Sale labored through four innings as the velocity on his fastball degraded with each passing inning. He was effective enough, giving up only two runs, but he failed to get an out in the fifth.

That was also true for Kershaw, who was getting by for the most part while struggling with his command. He didn't get much help from his defense, making his final line -- five runs allowed in four innings -- uglier than it might have been. As ugly as the Boston weather on a cold, wet night. Not that that was what plagued Kershaw.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

"I didn't pitch very well, but I don't think the weather had anything to do with it," Kershaw said.3

No, neither ace carried their team in Game 1, yet we still had a one-run game in the seventh that was very much in doubt. The course of the game said as much about the Red Sox and Dodgers as a whole as it did about anything Sale and Kershaw did. These are two teams that utilize their full rosters and, for all the high-dollar stars in the matchup, the team that wins any given game is probably going to be the one that gets positive contributions from every facet of the club. On Tuesday, that team was Boston.

"They are going to be a hard team to beat," Kershaw said about the Red Sox. "They do a great job all the way around. They hit homers, get balls in play for singles, doubles, stolen bases. All sorts of things."

That's not as sexy as Kershaw and Sale going the distance, combining for about 30 strikeouts and throttling each other's lineup. Baseball, circa 2018, rarely works that way anyhow, but it's especially not how Boston and Los Angeles operate. Yes, big-name players on both teams put up numbers. Manny Machado drove in three runs for L.A. Justin Turner had a big night. For Boston, Andrew Benintendi had a career night, becoming the third Boston player to have a four-hit game in the World Series. Mookie Betts got things started. J.D. Martinez drove in a pair.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

"Man, both lineups can spit on pitches, can work counts," Dodgers first baseman David Freese said. "I don't know the last time I faced the team where the right side of the infield saw three balls in the air right out of the gate. That shows that those guys are working the inner half of the baseball. That's what they do. Their squad going up against Kersh, honing in on their skills, not trying to do too much."