The Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Monday night to take a 3-2 World Series lead.
Jon Lester outpitched and outlasted Adam Wainwright, striking out seven and walking one in 7 2/3 innings. Koji Uehara got his second save with four outs to finish the four-hitter.
“I think the biggest thing is me and Rossy have had a good rhythm, for whatever reason, the past three, four starts together,” said Lester to MLB.com. “Early on, we just went back to our game plan from Game 1, and just fell back on that and really tried to make them start swinging the bats early. We were able to do that. Kept the pitch count down and tried to grind out the later innings there.”
David Ortiz’s RBI double in the first put the Red Sox ahead. He is batting .733 (11 for 15) in the Series with two homers and six RBIs.
Matt Holliday hit his second home run of the Series to tie the game. But David Ross’s RBI double into the corner in left with one out in the seventh broke the tie.
“How about that, it’s nice to drive in runs, that’s really nice,” said Ross, via MLB.com. “I’ve got to credit the guys in front of me; both did a really good job. [Xander] is 21 years old and just having at-bats off a veteran like Wainwright. And then [Drew] has a huge at-bat, again a 3-2, laying off a tough pitch. Luckily I was able to get something in the zone and it just stayed fair. I was talking to it really well.”
Jacoby Ellsbury hit an RBI single up the middle that scored Stephen Drew to give the Red Sox their 3-1 lead.
Boston can win its third title in a decade on Wednesday night, when the Series resumes at Fenway Park.