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Sox Pound Cards in Game 1 / Wacha Starts Tonight

BOSTON (AP) _ David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Jon Lester were quite a combination
for the Boston Red Sox in Game1 of the World Series on Wednesday night.

Ortiz and Napoli drove in three runs apiece and Lester tossed shutout ball as
the Bosox clobbered the St. Louis Cardinals 8-1 at Fenway Park. Ortiz hit a
two-run homer and a sacrifice fly after Napoli put the Red Sox ahead with a
three-run double in the first inning.

Ortiz’s sac-fly in the second inning was almost a grand slam until right
fielder Carlos Beltran robbed him. Beltran had to leave the game with bruised
ribs after banging into the bullpen fence to make the catch.

Ortiz got his home run five innings later, launching a Kevin Siegrist
pitch over the bullpen in right-center. The two-run blast drove in
Dustin Pedroia, who was 2-for-4 with an RBI single and two runs

Napoli’s heroics came after umpires reversed a call on a force play at second
base, ruling shortstop Pete Kozma  dropped the throw instead of
losing it on the transfer.

Lester was masterful in limiting the Redbirds to five hits while striking out
eight over 7 2/3 innings. He worked out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the
fourth by getting David Freese  to ground into an inning-ending double

The Cards did not score until Matt Holliday homered off Ryan Dempster leading
off the ninth.

Losing pitcher Adam Wainwright was lifted after five innings, charged with
three earned runs and six hits.

Game 2 is Thursday night at Fenway. John Lackey is slated to start for Boston
against Michael Wacha

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Posted by on Oct 24 2013. Filed under Sports.
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