Jon Lester went 7 2/3 innings yielding just four hits and Koji Uehara closed it out in the ninth as Boston got past St. Louis, 3-1. St. Louis had a batting average of just .138 and a wOBA of .166.
The Red Sox got on the board first in the top of the first when David Ortiz hit a double off starter Adam Wainwright, driving in Dustin Pedroia. With the game tied at 1-1 in the top of the seventh, the Red Sox went on top for good when David Ross hit a double off Wainwright, scoring Xander Bogaerts. Soon after, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a single, scoring Stephen Drew to make it 3-1 and force Wainwright from the game.
Lester got his fourth win of the postseason after he surrendered only one run on four hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Uehara picked up his seventh save of the postseason after 1 1/3 innings of work striking out two and walking no one. Wainwright (2-3), who gave up three runs on eight hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk over seven innings, received the loss. Ortiz had a strong game for the Red Sox, going 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Ross also contributed, going 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Matt Holliday went 1 for 4 with a home run, a run, and an RBI in the loss.
The Red Sox take a one-game lead in the World Series and are just one win away from a World Series championship. The Red Sox will face the Cardinals Wednesday in Game 6 of the World Series at Fenway Park at 8:07 PM EDT.
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