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World Series: Red Sox Bring the Lumber, Beat Dodgers in Game 1

  • Boston Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez reacts as he runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Boston Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez watches his three-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Alex Wood, front, during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series baseball game Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • The Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts singles in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park in Boston on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw leaves the game during the fifth inning of Game 1 of the World Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Boston Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez, center, celebrates at the dugout after hitting a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series baseball game Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez reacts after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Boston Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez reacts after hitting a three-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Alex Wood during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series baseball game Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Boston Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez watches his three-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Alex Wood, front, during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series baseball game Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez reacts after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts relieves starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) during the fifth inning of Game 1 of the World Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez walks to the dugout after striking out during the sixth inning of Game 1 of the World Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez reacts as he runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers' Manny Machado hits an RBI sacrifice fly during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Clouds fill the sky over Fenway Park as the Los Angeles Dodgers practice for Game 1 of the World Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts blows a bubble during the eighth inning of Game 1 of the World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)



Associated Press
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Boston — The Fenway Funhouse proved too tricky, too cold and just too much for the beach boys.

Andrew Benintendi, J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox came out swinging in the World Series opener, seizing every advantage in their quirky ballpark to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-4, on a chilly, windy Tuesday night.

Benintendi delivered four hits, Martinez drove in two early runs and pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez golfed a three-run homer to seal it. The 108-win Red Sox got a strong effort from their bullpen after an expected duel between aces Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw never developed.

From the get-go, Fenway Park caused all sorts of problems for the Dodgers.

Mookie Betts led off for the Red Sox with a popup that twisted first baseman David Freese as he tried to navigate the tight foul space near the stands. Lost, he overran the ball and it dropped behind him.

Given a second chance, Betts lined a single that set up a two-run first inning.

In the seventh, left fielder Joc Pederson looked hesitant as he chased Benintendi’s soft fly, rushing toward the seats that jut out down the line. The ball ticked off his glove for a double, and soon Nunez connected to break open a 5-4 game.

The crowd and cold temperatures were no picnic for the Dodgers, either.

The oddly angled ballpark became an echo chamber even before the first pitch. Chants of “Beat LA!” began early, Kershaw got heckled with a sing-song serenade and Red Sox villain Manny Machado heard loud boos all evening.

Only one person wearing Dodger blue drew a cheer: Manager Dave Roberts, saluted in pregame introductions for the daring steal that turned the tide in Boston’s 2004 playoff comeback against the Yankees.

It was 53 degrees for the first pitch, the coldest game for Los Angeles this year and quite a contrast from last year’s World Series, when it was a record 103 degrees for the opener at Dodger Stadium.

Game 2 is tonight, when it’s supposed to be even colder. David Price, fresh from beating Houston in the ALCS clincher, starts against Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Note: Three gorgeous rainbows appeared over Fenway before the game, much like a colorful arc that came ahead of Boston’s winning effort in the 2013 World Series.

 The stadium organist played “The Impossible Dream" in a nod to Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski. The 79-year-old Yaz bounced his ceremonial first pitch, asked for another try and did fine.