Red Sox Move Within a Win of World Series Title Versus Cardinals

The Boston Red Sox moved within one win of capturing their third World Series championship in the last 10 years by defeating the host St. Louis Cardinals 3-1.

Boston leads the best-of-seven World Series three games to two and can clinch the title in Game 6 at its Fenway Park on Oct. 30. If the Cardinals win that game, a decisive Game 7 would be played the following night, also in Boston.

Jon Lester allowed one run on four hits in 7 2/3 innings to win his second game of the series for the Red Sox. He struck out seven and now has an earned run average of 0.59 after also winning Game 1 of the World Series.

“That’s why he’s the ace of our staff, because he goes out and pitches like that,” said Boston catcher David Ross, who had a tie-breaking double in the seventh inning.

The Red Sox scored two runs in the seventh tonight at Busch Stadium in St. Louis to break a 1-1 tie. After Ross drove in one run with his double, Jacoby Ellsbury knocked in the other run with a single.

The Red Sox had opened the scoring in the first inning on back-to-back doubles by Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz, who went 3-for-4 tonight and now is hitting .733 in the World Series with six runs batted in.

Matt Holliday hit a solo home run for the Cardinals in the fourth to tie it 1-1.

The Red Sox won World Series championships in 2004 and 2007 after going 86 years without a title.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rob Gloster in San Francisco at rgloster@bloomberg.net

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