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Boston jumped on Adam Wainwright immediately, making the tall righthander throw 60 pitches in the first two innings. Add in some horrible fielding by the Cardinals and the Red Sox's ninth consecutive World Series victory (dating back to 2004) was a piece of cake.
Jacoby Ellsbury worked a seven-pitch walk to begin the bottom of the first. After Shane Victorino lined out to left, Dustin Pedroia stroked a single to center. On David Ortiz's grounder to second, Matt Carpenter shoveled the ball to shortstop Pete Kozma; the ball glanced off the tip of Kozma's glove, but second base umpire Dana DeMuth - who had the play directly in front of him - blew the call, saying that Kozma had actually caught the ball, but dropped it while transferring it to his bare hand. Thankfully, after John Farrell came out to argue, the six umpires got together and overruled the embarrassingly bad original call. That meant Boston had the bases loaded with one out. Mike Napoli took two balls and then shot a double to the gap in left-center. It took two hops to the wall, where it was slightly bobbled by center fielder Shane Robinson. That allowed all three runners to score.
Boston became the 10th team to score at least three runs in the first inning of a World Series Game 1.
Meanwhile, Lester (7.2-5-0-1-8, 112) was having little trouble with the Cardinals hitters, allowing only one hit through the first three innings. In the fourth, St. Louis loaded the bases on a walk and two singles, but David Freese tapped a 2-1 pitch right back to the mound. Lester had plenty of time to set himself before starting a 1-2-3 inning-ending double play.
In the fifth, two singles and an error by Jonny Gomes in left field put runners at second and third with two outs. Jon Jay, who came off the bench when Beltran was pulled, grounded out to shortstop to end the threat. Lester then retired the side in order in the sixth and seventh. He also got the first two batters in the eighth before being relieved, walking off the field to a standing ovation.
Lester was the first starting pitcher to hold an opponent scoreless in the opening game of the World Series since Cincinnati's Jose Rijo (1990, against Oakland).
Boston padded its lead in the seventh when Pedroia reached on a two-out throwing error by Freese at third base and Ortiz blasted lefty reliever Kevin Siegrist's first pitch into the right-center field bleachers.
Daniel Nava began the eighth with a pinch-hit double, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on Xander Bogaerts lineout to left.
Ryan Dempster pitched the ninth and gave up a home run to Matt Holliday. He struck out Matt Adams to end the game.
Ellsbury, CFThis is the fourth time the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals have met in the World Series: 1946, 1967, 2004, and now 2013.
The only two players from the 2004 World Series still with their teams: Boston's DH David Ortiz and St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina. Mike Matheny, the 2004 Cardinals' starting catcher, is now the St. Louis manager. ... If you are curious, there will be no lunar eclipse during this series.
Teams that have won Game 1 have won 20 of the past 24 World Series. ... This is only the third time in the Wild Card Era (since 1995) that teams with the league's best records have met in the World Series. The other times: 1995 (Cleveland-Atlanta) and 1999 (Yankees-Atlanta).
More info on the starters: Wainwright and Lester ... Carl Yastrzemski will throw out the first pitch.
MLB looks at "How They Were Built": Red Sox and Cardinals ... WEEI offers a primer on the Cardinals. ... SoSH also asks: Who Are The Cardinals?
On The Web: Globe, Herald, ProJo, MLB, St. Louis Post-Dispatch ... WEEI's World Series Preview ... ESPNBoston: 10 reasons to Love The World Series ...
The Herald writers offer their predictions:
Scott Lauber - Red Sox in 7 John Tomase - Red Sox in 7 Michael Silverman - Cardinals in 7 Steve Buckley - Red Sox in 6 Ron Borges - Red Sox in 7 Tom Layman - Red Sox in 6Predictions from the Globe:
Peter Abraham - Red Sox in 6 Nick Cafardo - Red Sox in 7 Dan Shaughnessy - Cardinals in 7 Christopher Gasper - Red Sox in 7Newspapers:
And a Korean cartoon from 2004!