Red Sox a win away from World Series title after beating Cardinals in Game 5, 3-1

Get this: The last time the Red Sox clinched a World Series title at Fenway Park, Babe Ruth was a young Boston pitcher.

Wednesday night, the Red Sox have the opportunity to clinch their first championship in their own ballpark since Wednesday, Sept. 11, 1918. The opportunity comes courtesy of a 3-1 victory Monday night in Game 5 at Busch Stadium. The Sox now lead the World Series, 3-2.

Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright walked his first batter of Game 5 in the seventh inning and David Ross made him pay for it a batter later when he took a curveball and lined it just inside the left field foul line. The ball bounced into the seats for a ground-rule double and the Red Sox had a 2-1 lead. Jacoby Ellsbury tacked on another run when he singled into center, scoring Stephen Drew. Ross also looked to score on the play, but was gunned out at home. Still, the Red Sox had a 3-1 lead by the time the first few notes of “God Bless America” were hit.

Boston didn’t need much offense to topple the Cards as Jon Lester pitched 7.2 innings of brilliant ball, allowing just four hits and one earned run. Lester struck out seven Cardinals batters on 91 pitches. Koji Uehara was also once again sharp in relief, getting Matt Adams to strike out on three straight pitches in the eighth despite St. Louis looking primed to dig into Boston’s two-run lead moments before.

St. Louis had the game tied for three middle innings as Matt Holliday took Lester deep and out to center field in the fourth to knot the game, 1-1. Carlos Beltran nearly followed up Holliday’s blast with one of his own but Jonny Gomes tracked it down just in front of the wall in left.

The Red Sox struck first in Game 5 with Dustin Pedroia doubling to left and David Ortiz doubling to right. Pedroia scored off of Ortiz’s knock, putting Boston up 1-0 in the first.

John Lackey will get the start for the Red Sox in Game 6 at Fenway Park Wednesday (8:07 p.m., FOX). Lackey threw 17 pitches in relief in Game 4. Michael Wacha will be fresh for St. Louis, not having pitched since last Thursday in Game 2. Wacha was sensational last week for the birds, working 6.0 innings and allowing just three hits while striking out six.

What they’ll be saying: The Red Sox have to win one more game in this improbable season to call themselves champs. They’ll have two chances (the second, if needed) to do so at Fenway Park. At this point, if the Sox didn’t put the bow on this worst-to-first season, it would be a disappointment.

Game 5 was the same old story for Boston, with Jon Lester proving once again that he is money in October and the Red Sox finding a new hero on offense. It was Ross’ turn Monday night as his hit down the left field line proved to be the game-winner. Boston will look to use that familiar formula again Wednesday night in Game 6.

 

Follow Metro Boston sports editor Matt Burke on Twitter @BurkeMetroBOS



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Is #JusticeForAvaLynn a case of bullying?

On Saturday, the hashtag #JusticeForAvaLynn became one of the trending topics on Twitter. Users circulated the above photo of 5-year-old AvaLynn, posted by her mother…

International

Terrorism could spread to US and Europe in…

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said terrorism would soon spread to Europe and the United States unless it is quickly dealt with in the Middle East,…

National

Ex-Bitcoin official to plead guilty to Silk Road…

Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve U.S. charges that he engaged in a scheme to sell over $1 million of…

International

China's army changes tactics to prepare for war…

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said China will spur military innovation and called on the army to create a new strategy for "information warfare" as…

Gossip

Joan Rivers on life support: Report

TMZ reports that comedian Joan Rivers has been placed on life support, "completely reliant on machines to stay alive." Rivers has been hospitalized since she…

Movies

What's new on Netflix in September

September has a supernatural theme for Netflix. UFO "documentaries" and the survivalist reality series "Doomsday Preppers" are among the new series coming to the online…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Wellbeing

VIDEO: Still not wearing sunscreen? You will after…

Sunscreen is possibly the most often repeated - and ignored - piece of skincare advice. But Thomas Leveritt took a different tactic. With a short…

Food

Twitter used to track down sources of food…

When Chicago health officials saw Twitter users complaining about local food poisoning episodes, they reached out on Twitter to those users and often ended up…

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…