BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox assumed a 1-0 lead in the 2013 World Series on Wednesday night.
Left-hander Jon Lester pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings and David Ortiz knocked in three runs, including a two-run home run, to help Boston build an 8-1 lead over St. Louis in the top of the 9th inning at Fenway Park.
Boston scored three runs in the first inning and added two more in the second againste David Wainwright.
Starting pitcher Jon Lester retired the first two batters before Matt Holliday grounded a single up the middle for first hit of the game. Allen Craig popped out to second to end inning.
Ellsbury drew lead-off walk and one out later reached second on single by Pedroia. Ortiz grounded to second and Carpenter tossed to shortstop Kozma for a force. Though ball was dropped, the umpire called the runner out due to transfering from glove to throw. After argument from Boston manager, umpires conferred and changed call to safe at second and Kozma charged with error. With bags loaded, Napoli hit bases-clearing double to left.
Boston 3, St. Louis 0
Lester records a 1-2-3 inning striking out Molina and Freese to bring his total to three so far in the game.
Cardinals comedy of errors continued. Drew credited with single as high pop up dropped between pitcher Wainwright and the catcher. After soft single by Ross, Victorino reached on error by shortstop Kozma to load the bases. Pedroia singled for one run and Ortiz was robbed of grand slam by rightfielder Beltran but a run scored on the sacrifice fly.
Boston 5, St. Louis 0
Cardinals go down in order again, and Lester strikes out Carpenter for his fourth of the game.
Beltran removed from game due to a rib contusion following his home-run saving reach over the right-field fence, with John Jay taking his place in the lineup and playing center as Robinson shifts to right. Wainwright retired the side in order.
Boston 5, St. Louis 0
St. Louis threatened for the first time, loading the bases on a walk and singles by Craig and Molina. But David Freese bounced back to Lester, who threw home, and Molina relayed it to first for a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning.
Wainwright retired the Red Sox in order again, striking out Ross and Ellsbury.
Boston 5, St. Louis 0
Shane Robinson and Matt Carpenter singled for St. Louis, but were left stranded when Jay grounded out to shortstop.
Boston managed only a one-out single by Ortiz in the inning, but could not score.
Lester retired the Cardinals in order in the sixth, then reliever John Axeford replaced Wainwright and set down the Red Sox 1-2-3.
Lester breezed through the top of the inning sandwiching strikeouts of David Freese and Robinson around Matt Adams’ groundout to third.
Boston mounted a threat in its half of the inning when Pedroia singled after two were out, then trotted home when Ortiz jacked a two-run home run off Kevin Siegrist.
Lester finished his night by retiring the first two batters of the inning. He allowed five hits and no runs with one walk and eight strikeouts. Junichi Tazawa came on in relief and got the final out.
Xander Bogaerts hit a sacrifice fly to score Daniel Nava, who had hit a pinch-hit doubled to open the inning and advanced on a wild pitch.
Matt Holliday broke up the shutout bid, stroking a solo home run to left-center field in against Red Sox reliever Ryan Dempster, who got the last two outs to secure the win.
There’s a full house at Fenway Park for the first game in the 109th World Series. This year’s best-of-seven Fall Classic is looming as a thrilling showdown between two of America’s most successful and loved teams who shared the best record in this year’s regular season with 97 wins each.
Nine-time Grammy Award winner Mary J. Blige sang the National Anthem.
This is what the rival managers said just before the game.
John Farrell (Red Sox): “If guys aren’t feeling some adrenaline, they might not be human. It’s perfectly natural to have some adrenaline and emotion in situations like this.”
Mike Matheny (Cardinals): “As far as the expectation and the culture within the Cardinals, it’s just a lot like what they have here in Boston. It’s such a rich history.”
St. Louis: Matt Carpenter (2B), Carlos Beltran (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Allen Craig (DH), Yadier Molina (C), David Freese (3B), Matt Adams (1B), Shane Robinson (CF), Pete Kozma (SS), Adam Wainwright (P)
Boston: Jacoby Ellsbury (CF), Shane Victorino (RF), Dustin Pedroia (2B), David Ortiz (DH), Mike Napoli (1B), Jonny Gomes (LF), Xander Bogaerts (3B), Stephen Drew (SS), David Ross (C), Jon Lester (P)
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