Red Sox win World Series with Game 6 victory over Cardinals

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BOSTON — Shane Victorino came through with the biggest hit of the game, a three-run double with two out in the bottom of the third inning off rookie Michael Wacha, as the Red Sox beat the Cardinals 6-1 to win the World Series on Wednesday.

soxThe Red Sox won their third World Series in thee last 10 seasons and their first under Manager John Farrell.

“We all understand the magnitude,” Victorino said before the game. “The fact that since we haven’t won a championship at Fenway since 1918. I don’t think there’s even that many people who could say they remember that or even could say that they were around when that happened.

“And playing in front of these fans every single night, it doesn’t get any better. I’m excited to see what happens. And we still got a long task ahead of us.”

Victorino was making his first start in right field after being sidelined for two games because of lower back stiffness. The three runs off Wacha doubled the number of runs he allowed in his previous 29 2/3 post-season innings.

Wacha was pulled after 3 2/3 innings. Stephen Drew, who was 4 for 51, ripped a home run in the fourth inning while Mike Napoli and Victorino had RBI singles off reliever Lance Lynn.

Both teams had runners at first and second base with no outs in the second inning but failed to score. Boston’s John Lackey struck out Jon Jay with runners at second and third to get out of a jam in the top of the second.

Lackey blanked the Cardinals through the six innings. He finally gave up a run when Carlos Beltran hit an RBI single with two out in the seventh inning and was pulled after walking Matt Holliday.

But reliever Junichi Tazawa retired Allen Craig on a grounder to first with the bases loaded to end the threat.


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