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World Series: Red Sox beat Cardinals 8-1 in Game 1

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



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Boston brought the beards and made it a most hairy night for St. Louis. The Cardinals wrecked themselves with just their second three-error game of the season.

The umpires made a mistake, too, but at least they got to fix it in a hurry.

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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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After the control-conscious Wainwright walked leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury, Pedroia singled him to second with one out.

Ortiz then hit a slow grounder to Carpenter, and it didn’t appear the Cardinals could turn a double play. Hurrying, Kozma let the backhanded flip glance off his glove.

DeMuth instantly called Pedroia out, indicating that Kozma dropped the ball while trying to transfer it to his throwing hand. Farrell quickly popped out of the dugout to argue while Pedroia went to the bench.

"I was just trying to slide in there to break up two. I saw it wasn’t on the transfer," Pedroia said. "They call you out, you have to run off. There’s a lot of great umpires out there. They put their heads together and got it right and that’s the most important thing."

Farrell argued with every umpire he could and must’ve made a persuasive case. As the fans hollered louder and louder as they studied TV replays, all the umpires gathered on the dirt near shortstop and conferred and decided there was no catch at all.

"It was pretty obvious it wasn’t on the transfer. The umpires got the right call and we got some momentum," Ortiz said.

Pedroia came bounding from the dugout and suddenly, the bases were loaded in the first. Napoli unloaded them with a double that rolled to the Green Monster in left-center.

Napoli, with maybe the bushiest beard of all, certainly picked up where he left off the last time he saw the Cardinals in October. In the 2011 Series, he hit .350 with two home runs and 10 RBIs as Texas lost in seven games to St. Louis.


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The Red Sox added to their 3-0 lead with two more runs in the second. A fielding error by Kozma set up Pedroia’s RBI single.

The whole inning got going when Stephen Drew’s popup in front of the mound landed at Wainwright’s feet, a step or two from Molina. The ace pitcher and the star catcher both hung their heads.

"I called it. I waited for someone else to take charge. That’s not the way to play baseball. It was totally my error," Wainwright said.

Ortiz, who hit a tying grand slam at Fenway in the AL championship series win over Detroit, sent a long drive to right-center. Beltran, playing in his first World Series, braced himself with one hand on the low wall in front of the bullpen and reached over with his glove to make the catch.

"At least I got an RBI and we were up four and got the momentum," Ortiz said.

Beltran hurt himself on the play and left in the third inning.

Ortiz homered in the seventh and the Red Sox got another run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by 21-year-old rookie Xander Bogaerts.

While St. Louis stumbled, Boston made the key plays.

When the Cardinals tried to rally in the fourth and loaded the bases, Lester neatly started a home-to-first double play on Freese’s comebacker to end the inning.

Left fielder Jonny Gomes lumbered for a diving catch to start the fifth. Drew finished off that inning, deftly handling a bouncer up the middle to strand runners at second and third.

Boston almost made a terrific play to finish the game. With two outs in the ninth, Freese hit a sharp single and right fielder Shane Victorino nearly threw him out at first base.



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