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World Series Game 1: Red Sox take advantage of Cardinals blunders in 8-1 victory

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The Boston Red Sox pounded the St. Louis Cardinals 8-1 in Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park on Wednesday night. St. Louis, which played effective defense during the regular season, made three costly errors and has experienced several lapses in the field during the playoffs. The Cardinals also lost slugger Carlos Beltran to bruised ribs.

• Crew chief John Hirschbeck huddled umpires together to get a call changed — correctly — in the bottom of the first inning.

Mike Napoli took advantage one batter later by lining a three-run double to give Boston a huge jump on Adam Wainwright.

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• Wainwright got more than his share of the pregame publicity, but left-hander Jon Lester gave St. Louis hitters little with which to work. The Cardinals loaded the bases with one out in the fourth, but David Freese hit into a 1-2-3 double play. Lester also stranded two runners in scoring position in the fifth. He struck out eight, allowing five singles and a walk over 7 2/3 innings. Going back to 2007, Lester still hasn't allowed a run in the World Series (13 1/3 innings total).

David Ortiz homered and drove in three runs, including one on a sacrifice fly that knocked Beltran out of the game in the second inning.

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• Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma had a brutal day in the field with two errors that contributed to both of Boston's early rallies. It's possible they don't score if he catches the ball twice.

• Beltran had to be taken to Massachusetts General Hospital because of pain from a sore rib he injured making a terrific catch at the bullpen fence to rob Ortiz of a three-run home run. It looked a lot like the play Torii Hunter almost made against Ortiz in the American League Championship Series.

The first Kozma error opened the floodgates, but losing Beltran to injury might have huge implications on the rest of the Series for Team Fredbird. Word from GM John Mozeliak is, after X-rays and a CT scan, is no broken ribs. We'll see how much the pain hampers Beltran's swing going forward.

Napoli has hit safely in six consecutive World Series games, matching Derek Jeter for the longest current streak among active players.

• How would expanded video replay have affected how the reversed call would have gone down?

• How are Beltran's ribs doing?

• Did Napoli trim his beard? Because it looks like it.

• Is Daniel Descalso going to play short in Game 2?

Game 2 is Thursday night at Fenway, with the Cardinals again relying on rookie Michael Wacha to save their collective bacon. John Lackey, a home-plate hog in his own right, will try to help the Red Sox go up 2-0 in the Series.

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