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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina react after Boston Red Sox's Stephen Drew scored during the second inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
World Series: Red Sox beat Cardinals 8-1 in Game 1

Boston takes advantage of sloppy St. Louis’ myriad miscues to roll in opener.

First Published Oct 23 2013 09:37 pm • Last Updated Oct 23 2013 11:33 pm

Boston • Given a bit of help by the umpires and a lot more by the Cardinals, the Boston Red Sox turned this World Series opener into a laugher.

Mike Napoli hit a three-run double right after the umps reversed a blown call, Jon Lester made an early lead stand up and the Red Sox romped past sloppy St. Louis 8-1 Wednesday night for their ninth straight Series win.

Red Sox 8, Cardinals 1

St. Louis AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

M.Carpntr 2b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .250

Beltran rf 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000

Jay cf 2 0 0 0 1 1 .000

Holliday lf 4 1 2 1 0 1 .500

Craig dh 4 0 1 0 0 1 .250

Y.Molina c 4 0 1 0 0 1 .250

Freese 3b 4 0 1 0 0 2 .250

Ma.Adams 1b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .000

S.Rbinsn cf-rf 3 0 1 0 0 1 .333

Kozma ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Totals 33 1 7 1 1 10

Boston AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Ellsbury cf 3 1 0 0 1 1 .000

Victorino rf 4 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Pedroia 2b 4 2 2 1 0 0 .500

D.Ortiz dh 3 2 2 3 0 0 .667

Napoli 1b 4 0 1 3 0 0 .250

J.Gomes lf 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000

a-Nava ph-lf 1 1 1 0 0 1.000

Bogaerts 3b 3 0 0 1 0 2 .000

Drew ss 4 1 1 0 0 2 .250

D.Ross c 4 1 1 0 0 2 .250

Totals 33 8 8 8 1 7

St. Louis 000 000 001 — 1 7 3

Boston 320 000 21x — 8 8 1

a-doubled for J.Gomes in the 8th.

E—Freese (1), Kozma 2 (2), J.Gomes (1).

LOB—St. Louis 6, Boston 4. 2B—Napoli (1), Nava (1). HR—Holliday (1), off Dempster D.Ortiz (1), off Siegrist. RBIs—Holliday (1), Pedroia (1), D.Ortiz 3 (3), Napoli 3 (3), Bogaerts (1). SF—D.Ortiz, Bogaerts.

Runners left in scoring position—St. Louis 3 (Freese, Jay 2) Boston 2 (Bogaerts, Napoli). RISP—St. Louis 1 for 3 Boston 2 for 8.

Runners moved up—J.Gomes. GIDP—Freese.

DP—Boston 1 (Lester, D.Ross, Napoli).

St. Louis IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Wainwright L, 0-1

5 6 5 3 1 4 5.40

Axford 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.00

Choate 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Maness 1⁄3 0 1 1 0 0 27.00

Siegrist 1⁄3 1 1 1 0 0 27.00

Ca.Martinez 1 1 1 1 0 0 9.00

Boston IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Lester W, 1-0 72⁄3 5 0 0 1 8 0.00

Tazawa 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 0.00

Dempster 1 2 1 1 0 1 9.00

Inherited runners-scored—Siegrist 1-1. WP—Ca.Martinez.

Umpires—Home, John Hirschbeck First, Mark Wegner Second, Dana DeMuth Third, Paul Emmel Right, Jim Joyce Left, Bill Miller.

T—3:17. A—38,345 (37,499).

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A season before Major League Baseball is expected to expand instant replay, fans got to see a preview. The entire six-man crew huddled in the first inning and flipped a ruling on a forceout at second base — without looking at any video.

"I think based on their group conversation, surprisingly, to a certain extent, they overturned it and I think got the call right," Boston manager John Farrell said.

Most everything went right for the Red Sox.

David Ortiz was robbed of a grand slam by Carlos Beltran — a catch that sent the star right fielder to a hospital with bruised ribs — but Big Papi later hit a two-run homer following third baseman David Freese’s bad throw.

The Red Sox also capitalized on two errors by shortstop Pete Kozma to extend a Series winning streak that began when they swept St. Louis in 2004. Boston never trailed at any point in those four games and, thanks to this hideous display by the Cardinals, coasted on a rollicking night at Fenway Park.

It got so bad for St. Louis that the sellout crowd literally laughed when pitcher Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina, who’ve combined to win six Gold Gloves, let an easy popup drop untouched between them.

Serious-minded St. Louis manager Mike Matheny didn’t find anything funny, especially when the umpires gathered in the first and changed a call by Dana DeMuth at second base.

"Basically, the explanation is that’s not a play I’ve ever seen before. And I’m pretty sure there were six umpires on the field that had never seen that play before, either," Matheny said.


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"It’s a pretty tough time to debut that overruled call in the World Series. Now, I get that trying to get the right call, I get that. Tough one to swallow," he said.

There was no dispute, however, that the umpires correctly ruled that Kozma had not caught a soft toss from second baseman Matt Carpenter on a potential forceout.

"There’s five of us out here, OK? And all five of us agreed 100 percent that it wasn’t a catch. Our job is to get it right," crew chief John Hirschbeck told Matheny on audio played on the Fox telecast.

The normally slick-fielding Cardinals looked sloppy at every turn. Wainwright bounced a pickoff throw, Molina let a pitch skitter off his mitt, center fielder Shane Robinson bobbled the carom on Napoli’s double and there was a wild pitch.

The Cardinal Way? More like, no way.

"We had a wakeup call. That is not the kind of team that we’ve been all season," Matheny said. "And they’re frustrated. I’m sure embarrassed to a point."

Game 2 is Thursday night, with 22-year-old rookie sensation Michael Wacha starting for St. Louis against John Lackey. Wacha is 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA this postseason.

Beltran is day to day after X-rays were negative.

Lester blanked the Cardinals on five hits over 7 2-3 innings for his third win this postseason.

"He was locating both sides of the plate. His cutter is so tough on righties. He was pretty impressive tonight," Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia said.

Ryan Dempster gave up Matt Holliday’s leadoff home run in the ninth.

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