TribLIVE

| Sports

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Red Sox beat Cardinals, take 3-2 lead in World Series

Getty Images
The Red Sox's Jonny Gomes celebrates an RBI double by David Ross against the Cardinals in the seventh inning of Game 5 of the World Series on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in St. Louis.

Pirates/MLB Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By The Associated Press
Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, 11:18 p.m.
 

ST. LOUIS — Jon Lester smothered St. Louis on four hits into the eighth, David Ross hit a tiebreaking RBI double in a two-run seventh inning off Adam Wainwright, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cardinals, 3-1, on Monday night to take a 3-2 World Series lead.

David Ortiz's RBI double in the first put the Red Sox ahead until Matt Holliday hit his second home run of the Series in the fourth, ending a 16 13-inning Series scoreless streak for Lester dating to 2007.

In a rematch of the opener, won by the Red Sox, 8-1, Lester again beat Wainwright, striking out seven and walking one in 7 23 innings. Koji Uehara got four outs to finish the four-hitter for his second save.

Boston can win its third title in a decade Wednesday night when the Series resumes at Fenway Park, where the Red Sox haven't won a championship on their home field since 1918. John Lackey starts for Boston and rookie Michael Wacha for St. Louis in a rematch of Game 2, won by the Cardinals, 4-2.

In the 42 previous times the Series has been tied 2-2, the Game 5 winner has taken the title 27 times — but just three of the past 10.

Wainwright fell behind nine pitches in. Dustin Pedroia doubled with one out, sending a hanging curveball into left field. Ortiz pulled the next pitch between Allen Craig and first base and down the right-field line.

Xander Bogaerts singled with one in the seventh, and Stephen Drew walked. Ross then hit a ground-rule double to left field for the 2-1 lead. An out later, Jacoby Ellsbury singled to center, scoring Drew. But Ross was thrown at home plate to end the inning.

Wainwright allowed all three runs and eight hits in seven innings, with 10 strikeouts and a walk.

Ortiz is batting .733 (11 for 15) in the Series with two homers and six RBIs. His six hits in six straight at-bats were one shy of the record, set by the New York Yankees' Thurman Munson (1976-77) and matched by Cincinnati's Billy Hatcher (1990). With three walks added, Ortiz tied the record for most consecutive plate appearances reaching by a hit, walk or hit batter, set by Hatcher.

Allen Craig was not in the Cardinals' original lineup but started at first base in place of the slumping Matt Adams. Craig sprained a ligament in his left foot and had not played in the field since Sept. 4.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read MLB

  1. MLB notebook: Mets boost lineup, acquire Cespedes from Tigers
  2. MLB notebook: Phillies trade Hamels to Rangers for prospects
  3. Reds send right-hander Leake to Giants for 2 prospects
  4. MLB notebook: Blue Jays trade for Tigers ace Price
  5. MLB notebook: Royals acquire Cueto from Reds for stretch run