Red Sox down Cardinals to clinch World Series

Posted Oct. 30, 2013, at 8:07 p.m.
The Boston Red Sox react after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in game six of the World Series at Fenway Park. Red Sox won 6-1.
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The Boston Red Sox react after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in game six of the World Series at Fenway Park. Red Sox won 6-1.
Members of the Boston Red Sox celebrate on the field after game six of the MLB baseball World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series four games to two.
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Members of the Boston Red Sox celebrate on the field after game six of the MLB baseball World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series four games to two.
Boston Red Sox players celebrate on the field after game six of the MLB baseball World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series four games to two.
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Boston Red Sox players celebrate on the field after game six of the MLB baseball World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series four games to two.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara (19) celebrates with catcher David Ross after game six of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series four games to two.
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Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara (19) celebrates with catcher David Ross after game six of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series four games to two.
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Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara (19) reacts after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in game six of the World Series at Fenway Park. Red Sox won 6-1.
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Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara (19) reacts after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in game six of the World Series at Fenway Park. Red Sox won 6-1.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 9th inning during game six of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 9th inning during game six of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Brandon Workman (67) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the eighth inning of game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Brandon Workman (67) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the eighth inning of game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Junichi Tazawa reacts after forcing out St. Louis Cardinals designated hitter Allen Craig (not pictured) to end the top of the 7th inning during game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Junichi Tazawa reacts after forcing out St. Louis Cardinals designated hitter Allen Craig (not pictured) to end the top of the 7th inning during game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey tips his cap to the crowd as he is relieved in the 7th inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey tips his cap to the crowd as he is relieved in the 7th inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz reacts after scoring in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz reacts after scoring in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino hits a RBI single against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning during game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino hits a RBI single against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning during game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew hits a solo home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning during game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew hits a solo home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning during game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino hits a three-run double against the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning during game six of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino hits a three-run double against the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning during game six of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes celebrates after scoring a run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning during game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes celebrates after scoring a run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning during game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes (5) slides in safely against St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) as designated hitter David Ortiz (34), third baseman Xander Bogaerts (72), and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (2) look on during the third inning of game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes (5) slides in safely against St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) as designated hitter David Ortiz (34), third baseman Xander Bogaerts (72), and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (2) look on during the third inning of game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes (5) slides in safely against St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) on a 3-RBI double by Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino (not pictured) during the third inning of game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes (5) slides in safely against St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) on a 3-RBI double by Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino (not pictured) during the third inning of game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (left) celebrates scoring against the St. Louis Cardinals with teammates against the St. Louis Cardinals during the third inning of game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (left) celebrates scoring against the St. Louis Cardinals with teammates against the St. Louis Cardinals during the third inning of game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey (41) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey (41) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha (52) throws against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha (52) throws against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of game six of the World Series at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox former player Carlton Fisk throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to game six of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox former player Carlton Fisk throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to game six of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park.

BOSTON — The feel of a coronation was in the chilly air at Fenway Park long before the game started.

It seemed only a formality for the Boston Red Sox to wrap up the World Series in Game 6 on Wednesday night, particularly after winning Games 4 and 5 against the Cardinals in St. Louis to put themselves in position for their first title-clinching victory at home since 1918.

Sure enough, the Red Sox rode Shane Victorino’s three-run double and John Lackey’s 6⅔ effective innings to a 6-1 victory over the Cardinals and their third World Series title in 10 years.

The Red Sox beat the Cardinals in the race to become the first team in this century to win three titles. Boston also won in 2004 and 2007 after going 86 years since their previous championship.

Victorino drove in four runs after sitting out the previous two games with lower back stiffness, then getting dropped to No. 6 in the batting from No. 2 after going 0-for-10 in the first three games of the series.

His bases-loaded double off rookie sensation Michael Wacha proved to be all the Red Sox and Lackey needed. Lackey allowed only one run as he scattered nine hits while walking one and striking out five.

Wacha, the breakout star of the postseason, was 4-0 through four starts, allowing only three runs in 29⅔ in October until Victorino matched that run total with one swing. Wacha wound up being tagged for six runs in 3⅔ innings. He gave up five hits and four walks while striking out five.

Victorino, Jacoby Ellsbury and Stephen Drew had two hits each for the Red Sox. Drew homered after entering the game 4-for-51 in the postseason.

Matt Carpenter went 3-for-5 with the Cardinals, and Allen Craig added two hits. With St. Louis down 6-0, Carlos Beltran singled home the Cardinals’ lone run in the seventh inning.

Koji Uehara pitched a perfect ninth to finish it off for the Red Sox, striking out Carpenter for the last out.

Victorino broke a scoreless tie in the third inning in a big way, whacking a three-run double off the Green Monster in left field with two outs off Wacha.

Ellsbury led off with a single and moved to second on Dustin Pedroia’s groundout. The Cardinals then decided to intentionally walk David Ortiz, who was 11-for-15 with five walks in the series to that point.

Wacha struck out Mike Napoli but kept the inning alive by hitting Jonny Gomes with a pitch. Victorino made the rookie right-hander pay for the mistake.

The Red Sox chased Wacha an inning later when they scored three more runs. Drew, who was 2-for-17 in the series, hit a solo home run to right field, Napoli added an RBI single, and Victorino singled home a run off reliever Lance Lynn.

NOTES: Victorino batted sixth for the first time all season. He batted seventh twice in the regular season. … Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said his players were no worse for the wear after arriving at their hotel just before midnight Tuesday night. The team’s charter flight took off from St. Louis seven hours late because of mechanical problems. … For trivia buffs, the Game 7 matchup on Wednesday night would have been Boston RHP Jake Peavy against St. Louis RHP Joe Kelly.

 

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