MLB: Boston Red Sox overcome St Louis Cardinals to win World Series
Last Updated: 31/10/13 12:03pm
Red Sox win the World Series after beating the Cardinals 6-1
The Boston Red Sox have won the World Series after beating the St Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game Six.
Shane Victorino's three-run double in the third inning at Fenway Park was followed by the hosts scoring three more in the fourth to comprehensively wrap up a 4-2 series win.
After a scoreless first inning, Red Sox pitcher John Lackey got out of a jam in the second, striking out Jon Jay with two runners on and having been moved up by catcher David Ross' error. Ross was then the third man out as Michael Wacha responded in kind.
Victorino's monster first hit of the series scored Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz and Jonny Gomes to give the Sox a 3-0 lead after three.
Stephen Drew opened the fourth with a solo homer and visiting pitcher Michael Wacha was taken out of the game with two out and two on.
Replacement Lance Lynn allowed Mike Napoli to score Ellsbury and Victorino, again at bat with the bases loaded, to see in Ortiz, with both runs charged to Wacha.
The Cardinals' woes continued as Matt Carpenter fumbled Ellsbury's ground ball. The same runner then failed to steal second base but got back to first despite four fielders attempting to stop him.
Lackey was finally withdrawn with two out in the seventh, Carlos Beltran having scored Daniel Descalso for the Cards' only run, and was given a rapturous reception by the crowd. Junichi Tazawa took his place with the bases loaded and picked up the final out.
It remained 6-1 going into the ninth inning and Boston sent in closer Koji Uehara to finish the job, striking out Carpenter after Jay and Descalso both flied out to Gomes.