BOSTON: Mike Napoli hit a three-run, bases-loaded double and Jon Lester pitched seven shutout innings on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) as Boston defeated Saint Louis, 8-1, in Game One of the World Series.
Napoli’s double to center field in the first inning came just moments after the umpires reversed a blown call—a change that loaded the bases for Boston.
Staked to the early lead, Lester finished with eight strikeouts for the Red Sox, who will try to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series when they host game two on Thursday.
Lester allowed no runs on five hits in just over seven innings.
Boston has won seven World Series titles but hasn’t been victorious since sweeping the Colorado Rockies in 2007, while the Cardinals have won 11 crowns with their last coming just two years ago against the Texas Rangers.
Whoever wins the series will have the most championship titles (three) over the last 10 Major League Baseball seasons.
Slugger David Ortiz had a two-run homer in the seventh for Boston, who wasted little time getting on the scoreboard on Wednesday in front of a sold-out crowd of 38,345 at Fenway Park.
Saint Louis starter Adam Wainwright lasted five innings, giving up five runs on six hits for the Cardinals who also lost veteran Carlos Beltran with rib injury.
Beltran, who was making his World Series debut, slammed into the outfield wall stealing a grand slam away from Ortiz with a brilliant catch in second inning. He left the game and was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a rib contusion.