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One down, three to go for the Boston Red Sox.
Jon Lester shut the Cardinals out for 7 2/3 innings and Mike Napoli drove home three first-inning runs as the Red Sox defeated St.Louis 8-1 in Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday night in Boston.
The Red Sox broke the game open right from the opening frame. It all started with one out and two on for Boston. David Ortiz grounded to second and in trying to turn a double play, shortstop Peter Kozma never caught the ball from second baseman Matt Carpenter even though umpire Dana DeMuth initially called Dustin Pedroia out at second base. After a quick conference with all the umpires, the correct call was made and the bases were loaded for Napoli, who promptly delivered a three-run double to center for the 3-0 edge.
With the bases loaded and the Cardinals down 4-0 in the second inning, things got worse. Ortiz slammed what looked to be his second grand slam of the postseason only to see Carlos Beltran rob him after slamming into the right field bullpen wall. The run scored and Beltran would leave the game in the third inning with a right rib contusion. Beltran left Fenway Park to be examined at a local hospital for x-rays. Those x-rays came back negative and he's now listed as day-to-day.
Ortiz would get his home run (his 16th all-time posteason HR), a two-run shot in the seventh off lefty Kevin Siegrist to give Boston a 7-0 lead.
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright went just five innings, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out four.
Lester, who clinched the Red Sox last World Series Championship in 2007 with a win in Game 4 over the Rockies, threw 7 2/3 shutout innings, striking out 8 while walking only one and giving up just 5 hits. Junichi Tazawa and Ryan Dempster combined for the final four outs of the game with Dempster giving up a solo home run to Matt Holliday for the Cards lone run.
The normally sure-handed Cards, who've now lost five consecutive World Series games to the Red Sox dating back to 2004, committed three errors on the night, two by Kozma.
Game 2 is set for Thursday night in Boston with John Lackey facing Michael Wacha.