Dodgers' title drought hits three decades as Red Sox win World Series


Kirk Gibson ain't walking through that door.

The Los Angeles Dodgers' World Series drought now has reached three decades after they lost 5-1 to the Boston Red Sox in Game 5 on Sunday night. 

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw allowed four runs (all earned) in seven innings of work. He gave up three home runs -- one each to Mookie Betts, Steve Pearce, and J.D. Martinez -- as his playoff struggles continued. 

He now has allowed an MLB-record eight home runs in elimination games.

The Dodgers have the 12th-longest World Series drought in baseball. They are one year ahead of the A's, who haven't won a Fall Classic in 29 years. 

On the other side of the rivalry, the Giants have the 27th-longest World Series drought in baseball, at a whopping four years. 

There's no denying the Dodgers have been the cream of the crop in the National League West in recent seasons. The past six seasons, they have been crowned NL West champs. In the streak of division championships, the Dodgers have averaged 94 wins per year in the regular season. 

But championships aren't won in the regular season. 

The past two years, the Dodgers have reached the World Series, only to lose both times. Flush with talent -- two Cy Young awards and a MVP by Kershaw in the last six seasons, plus two Rookie of the Year awards and a Manager of the Year award -- and the third-highest payroll in the bigs, the Dodgers again go into an offseason trying to figure out how to get over the postseason blues.

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