No matter who took the postgame podium, no matter the question, most answers seemed to somehow wind around to David Ortiz. Always an outsized presence, the 6-foot-4-inch, 250-pound slugger has loomed particularly large in the 2013 World Series. Every game features Ortiz as catalyst, as inspiration, as highlight producer. And Game 5 Monday night was no exception, just a continuation with three hits, including a tone-setting RBI double down the first base line in the opening inning.
With the double and singles in the fourth and eighth innings, Ortiz helped spark the Red Sox to a 3-1 victory at Busch Stadium. Boston returns home to Fenway Park with a 3-2 World Series lead.
“It’s a tough spot when you get to 3-2 because you know you’re close to it,” said Ortiz. “That’s the biggest challenge. You’ve got to come back on Wednesday and continue playing the way we have.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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