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Shane Victorino’s three-run double helps to knock out Michael Wacha early in Boston's Game 6 victory

David Brown
Big League Stew

Michael Wacha came in practically untouchable in the 2013 playoffs for the St. Louis Cardinals, until the Boston Red Sox finally solved the 22-year-old rookie puzzle in Game 6 of the World Series.

Shane Victorino cleared the bases with a three-run double off the Green Monster in the third inning, and Boston knocked Wacha from the game with three more runs in the fourth on their way to a 6-0 lead Wednesday night. Five of the runs have come with two outs.

The Red Sox won 6-1 to clinch their third World Series in 10 years and first at Fenway Park since 1918. Victorino drove in 12 runs in the postseason, second to 13 by David Ortiz.

Wacha's line, after being removed with two outs in the fourth: Six earned runs, five hits and four walks allowed. Coming in, he had given up three runs, 11 hits and eight walks total in 27 postseason innings.

Wacha allowed a walk to David Ortiz in the first, and put two runners aboard in the second, but both innings ended with strikeouts. In the third, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a leadoff single and, one out later, the Cardinals opted to walk Ortiz intentionally. It looked like a good move after Mike Napoli struck out again, but Wacha hit Jonny Gomes on a 1-1 pitch to load the bases for Victorino.

Getting around on a 2-1 fastball, Victorino lined the pitch off the Monster for a three-run double. Cards catcher Yadier Molina questioned Gomes being called safe after a close play at the plate, but umpire Jim Joyce appeared to get it right.

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In the fourth, Stephen Drew hit a 91 mph fastball for a leadoff homer into the bullpen after he came in 4 for 51 in the postseason. But Wacha wasn't out of the woods. Ellsbury hit a double and, with two outs, the Cards walked Ortiz intentionally again. Game 4 starter Lance Lynn came on to relieve and the Red Sox added two more runs, including a an RBI single by Victorino.

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