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The Red Sox are one win away from their third World Championship in 10 years, that after Monday night's 3-1 win over the Cardinals in Game 5 of the World Series.
Jon Lester outdueled Adam Wainwright for the second time in the series for the victory. David Ross broke a 1-1 tie in the 7th with an RBI ground rule double. Jacoby Ellsbury then drove home the insurance run on an RBI single bringing in Stephen Drew, but Ross was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
Game 6 is set for Wednesday in Boston with John Lackey facing Michael Wacha, a rematch of game 2 in which the Cardinals won 4-2. Game 7, if necessary, would be Thursday at Fenway Park.
Lester (2-0), as he did in game one's win, pitched 7 2/3 innings in which he struck out seven, walking none and giving up one run on four hits. The one run came in the 4th inning on Matt Holliday's towering home run to center field that tied the score at 1-1.
Boston took a 1-0 lead in the first inning off Wainwright on back-to-back doubles by Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. Ortiz is now hitting .733 after a 3-for-4 night.
Wainright (0-2) took the loss, his second of the series, giving up all 3 runs on 8 hits while striking out 10 in 8 innings. Wainright's lone walk did him in during the 2-run seventh inning as he walked Drew leading into Ross' tie-breaking double.
Koji Uehara got the last four outs for Boston for his second save of the series.