Clayton Kershaw, David Price each bitten by first-inning homers in World Series Game 5

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Boston Red Sox’s Steve Pearce hits a two-run home run during the first inning in Game 5 of the World Series. (AP)
Boston Red Sox’s Steve Pearce hits a two-run home run during the first inning in Game 5 of the World Series. (AP)

LOS ANGELES — This wasn’t how the Boston Red Sox or Los Angeles Dodgers wanted to start World Series Game 5 with Clayton Kershaw and David Price on the mound. But when the ball is flying out of the yard, the ball is flying out of the yard, and both teams notched first-inning homers.

In the top of the first inning, Boston Red Sox first baseman Steve Pearce teed off on a Kershaw offering for a two-run homer that put the Dodgers in a hole. Giving Kershaw’s history in elimination games, Dodger Stadium immediately fell silent.

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The homer also set a dubious record for Kershaw:

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With Boston leading the series 3-1, there’s no room for error for the Dodgers. Giving up a first-inning dinger certainly qualifies as an error. The beginning of Game 5 was reminiscent of Game 7 of the World Series last year, in which the Dodgers fell behind 2-0 to the Houston Astros in the first inning and never came back.

The Dodgers immediately showed more life here, though, as David Freese led off the Dodgers half of the inning with a solo homer that cut the lead to 2-1. Not only that, but it came on Price’s first pitch.

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This was only the third time in World Series history a player has hit a leadoff homer while his team was already trailing.

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Oh, and if the ball is flying Sunday night, with Price and Kershaw each throwing a lot of strikes, Game 5 might turn into a slugfest.

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Mike Oz is a writer at Yahoo Sports. Contact him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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