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.