Monday, October 28, 2013

Lester Catapults Red Sox To Verge Of Title, 3-1

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Jon Lester defined the word 'ace' on Monday night—going 7 2/3 innings, yielding one earned run, striking out seven and walking none in a 3-1 win in Game Five. He becomes only the second Red Sox lefty to have three World Series wins—the other guy was somebody named Babe Ruth. The victory moved The Carmine Hose to within one win of their eighth World Series Championship. The tone was set early with back-to-back doubles by Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz in the first inning. With the game tied at one in the seventh, Boston went in for the kill on Cardinal ace Adam Wainwright. A one-out single up the middle by wunderkind Xander Bogaerts started the rally, followed by a clutch walk by the slumping Stephen Drew. Then, David Ross roped a double down the left field line to put Boston in the lead. Jacoby Ellsbury then singled in an insurance third run. Big Papi was again other-worldly—going 3-4 with an RBI (Ortiz is now hitting .733 in the 2013 Fall Classic). And, of course, Koji Uehara got four outs for the save. The Red Sox are up three games to two and will return to the friendly confines of Fenway Park for Game 6 on Wednesday night.