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Nunez: Cora said 'be prepared' for key PH at-bat

Eduardo Nunez said Red Sox manager Alex Cora told him to "be prepared" to bat in a key scenario in Game 1, and Nunez delivered, hitting a pinch-hit three-run homer that proved to be the knockout blow for Boston in Game 1 of the World Series.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

After World Series Game 1, Red Sox manager Alex Cora deadpanned about starter Chris Sale: "He had no problems with his belly button, so that's a plus."

Martinez: We have to establish the tone of the series (1:00)
Teixeira: Dodgers had chance to steal Game 1 (2:29)
Nunez was prepared for pinch-hit opportunity (0:57)

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Just after midnight in Boston, Craig Kimbrel struck out Justin Turner for the final out of a World Series-opening 8-4 victory for the Red Sox, who pounded Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers in Game 1.

Farrell breaks down managerial decisions in 7th (2:00)
Kimbrel goes 1-2-3 to finish Game 1 (0:23)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers lose to the Red Sox, 8-4, in Game 1 of the World Series. Clayton Kershaw didn't pitch well, but neither did Chris Sale. The Dodgers didn't take advantage of RBI opportunities, and Dave Roberts' decision to replace Pedro Baez with Alex Wood loomed large.

Pastrnak scores twice, ties league lead (0:30)
Nunez belts 3-run, pinch-hit homer (0:23)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Andrew Benintendi already became just the fourth lefty hitter to get three hits off Clayton Kershaw in a game and now he becomes the third Red Sox player to get four hits in a World Series game, joining Jacoby Ellsbury and Wally Moses. Of course, Joc Pederson should have caught the little looper to left field as it bounces off the tip of his glove.

Devers' RBI moves him up postseason list (0:21)
Bogaerts avoids double play, plates Betts (0:27)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Manny Machado has driven in three of the Dodgers' four runs tonight, but their lineup has come up with only one hit in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position. They trail, 5-4, midway through the seventh.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

From Tommy John surgery, lots of minor league games, a stint in Japan, and sending emails asking for a spring training invite, Ryan Brasier is now pitching for the Red Sox in Game 1 of the World Series. Just amazing.

Betts steals second, scores on next pitch (0:36)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Ryan Madson struck out JD Martinez on three straight fastballs with the bases loaded and came a split second shy of getting out of the fifth unscathed on an inning-ending double play. But Xander Bogaerts beat it out, and Rafael Devers followed with a single. 5-3, Red Sox.

Sale fans 7 in Game 1 (0:34)
Martinez rolls ankle on RBI double (0:38)