Red Sox Win World Series, Defeat Cardinals, 6-1
The Boston Red Sox won the 2013 Major League Baseball World Series, after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-1, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, on Wednesday night.
The win gave the Red Sox a 4-2 games edge in the best-of-seven game series, securing their third World series title in the last ten years.
For Boston, it was their eighth World Series crown in franchise history, and Wednesday night’s win marked the first time they won a World Series at Fenway Park since back in 1918.
The Red Sox jumped on top in the bottom of the third inning, when Shane Victorino doubled off of St. Louis starter Michael Wacha, off the Green Monster in left-field, scoring Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz, and Jonny Gomes, making the score 3-0.
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Boston put things away in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three more runs.
Stephen Drew opened the frame by blasting a home run to right-centerfield, extending the lead to 4-0.
Later in the inning, Mike Napoli delivered a two-out single, scoring Ellsbury, to make it 5-0.
Two batters later, Victorino drove home his fourth run of the game, with a two-out single that scored Ortiz, giving the home team back-to-back three-run innings, and a 6-0 lead, one they would not relinquish.
The Cardinals scored their only run of the game, and their only run off of Boston starter John Lackey, in the top half of the seventh inning, when Carlos Beltran singled home Daniel Descalso to cut the Red Sox lead to 6-1.
That was as close as St. Louis could get however, as Boston closer Koji Uehara pitched a perfect ninth inning, and struck out Matt Carpenter for the final out of the game, setting off the Fenway Park celebration.
Ellsbury, Victorino, and Drew each had two hits to lead the Red Sox at the plate, while Carpenter collected three hits in a losing cause for the Cardinals.
Lackey picked up the win for Boston, while Wacha suffered the loss for St. Louis.
Ortiz, who hit .688 in the series, the second-highest average in a single Fall Classic, was named the series Most Valuable Player.
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