The Red Sox are the 2013 World Champions.
In fitting fashion, Koji Uehara came in to finish the game in the top of the ninth with the Sox up 6-1. He got Jay to fly out to left, and got Descalso to do the same for the second out. He struck out Carpenter to win the game and win the World Series.
End of the 8th, 6-1 Red Sox: Brandon Workman came in to pitch for the Red Sox at the beginning of the inning and got Molina to fly out to Victorino in right for the first out. Adams grounded out to Pedroia for the second out, then Jay grounded out to third base to put the Red Sox within three outs of winning the World Series.
The Caridnals brought in Randy Choate, walking Ellsbury to start the bottom of the eighth inning for the Red Sox. Matheny then turned to closer Trevor Rosenthal to face Pedroia. Pedroia reached on a fielder’s choice that eliminated Ellsbury at second. Rosenthal then balked to move Pedroia up to second, leading the Cardinals to intentionally walk Ortiz for the third time in the game. Napoli struck out looking for the second out, then Gomes grounded back to the pitcher to send the game into the ninth.
End of the 7th, 6-1 Red Sox: After throwing just 83 pitches through six, Lackey came back out for the seventh and struck out Freese to lead off the frame, then got Jay to ground out to Pedroia for the second out. Descalso singled right after and then Carpenter doubled to put two in scoring position with two out. Beltran singled in a run to break the shutout and Holliday walked to load the bases, ending Lackey’s night to thunderous applause from the Fenway crowd, with Lackey tipping his hat to the crowd as he left the field. Junichi Tazawa came on in relief and got Craig to ground out 3-1 for the third out of the inning; six outs to go.
Victorino flew out to left for the first out of the bottom of the seventh and then Bogaerts flew out to right for the second out. Drew singled to left field to get a runner on for Ross, but Ross flew out to center for the third out.
End of the 6th, 6-0 Red Sox: Craig flew out to center and Molina grounded out to second base for two quick outs, then Lackey struck out Adams for the third out of a fast 1-2-3 sixth inning; nine outs to go.
Ortiz struck out to begin the inning and Siegrist was lifted in favor of Carlos Martinez, who promptly struck out Napoli looking. Gomes grounded out to shortstop for the last out of the inning.
End of the 5th, 6-0 Red Sox: Jay got on to lead off the inning on an infield hit to Drew, but Descalso then lined out on a diving play by Drew for the first out. Carpenter then lined a base hit into right field to out two on, but Beltran flew out to right for the second out with Jay advancing to third on the tag up. Holliday flew out to right to end the inning with the Cardinals runners stranded on first and third.
Siegrist came in to pitch for Cardinals; Drew grounded out to first base for the first out and Ross flew out to center for the second. Ellsbury reached on an error at second base by Carpenter. Ellsbury got caught in a pickle trying to steal second, but beat four throws back and forth to get back to first base unscathed. Pedroia then flew out to right field for the final out; Red Sox still leading by six.
End of the 4th, 6-0 Red Sox: Holliday grounded out to Bogaerts at third for the first out of the inning. Craig then singled to left for his second hit of the ballgame and Molina reached on an error by Pedroia. Adams lined out to left field for the second out, then Lackey blew a fastball by Freese to end the top of the fourth.
Stephen Drew hit the first pitch he saw into the Red Sox bullpen for a solo homer to put the Sox up 4-0. Ross then struck out for the first out, but Ellsbury then hit a deep fly ball that almost went out by banged off the bullpen wall for a stand up double. Pedroia flew out to right for the second out that moved Ellsbury to third. Ortiz was intentionally walked for the second time in the game and Mike Matheny came out to relieve Wacha after he pitched just 3.2 innings, opting for Lance Lynn who had just two days of rest after starting Game 4. Napoli then singled to center to score Ellsbury and put the Red Sox up by five, then Lynn walked Gomes to load the bases. Victorino singled home another Boston run to make it 6-0, knocking Lynn out of the game after getting no outs. Maness came in and struck out Bogaerts to finally end the inning.
End of the 3rd, 3-0 Red Sox: Daniel Descalso struck out looking to start the third inning, but Carpenter lined the first pitch he saw into center for a single. Carlos Beltran then grounded to Stephen Drew who took the ball to second base and fired to first for the double play to end the inning with Lackey throwing just five pitches in the inning.
Ellsbury led off with a single in the bottom of the third and Pedroia advanced him to second with a ground out to third. Ortiz was intentionally walked and Napoli struck out for the second out. Wacha hit Gomes to load the bases for Victorino, who smacked a double deep off the Green Monster that scored all three base runners and put the Red Sox up 3-0. Victorino advanced to third on the throw, but then Boagaerts lined out to third base for the third out.
End of the 2nd, 0-0: Allen Craig singled off the Monster for the first Cardinals hit of the game and then Yadier Molina singled to left to put two runners on. Matt Adams flew out to left field for the first out, then David Freese flew out to right for the second. Lackey threw a wild pitch during Jon Jay’s at bat that moved the runner up to second and third, but got Jay to swing and miss of the next pitch to retire the side and get out of the jam.
Gomes singled to center to start the bottom of the second, then Shane Victorino walked to put two on with no outs. Xander Bogaerts popped out to the catcher for the first out and Stephen Drew popped out to Carpenter in foul territory for the second out. David Ross struck out for the final out of the inning.
End of the 1st, 0-0: Matt Carpenter began the game by flying out to Jonny Gomes in left field. Carlos Beltran then grounded out into the shift for the second out and Mike Napoli took a Matt Holliday ground ball to first base himself for the third out. Lackey threw just 10 pitches for a 1-2-3 first inning.
Jacoby Ellsbury struck out swinging for the first out of the Red Sox half of the first. After launching a ball just foul over the Green Monster, Dustin Pedroia grounded out to second base for the second out. David Ortiz then walked for the Red Sox first base runner of the game, but Mike Napoli struck out to end the first inning.
Pregame: After winning two out of three games in St. Louis, the Red Sox enter Game 6 of the World Series with a 3-2 series lead over the Cardinals, one win away from their third World Championship in the last decade.
David Ortiz has led the way for the Red Sox, hitting .733 in the series with two home runs and six RBIs. The rest of the team has struggled offensively, but timely hitting and strong pitching have put the Red Sox on the brink of another championship.
John Lackey will get the start for the Red Sox tonight. In his last start, the Red Sox lost a tough Game 2 despite Lackey leaving the game with the lead, as two errors on the same play in the seventh inning allowed the Cardinals to take a 3-2 lead in the game, eventually winning 4-2.
In the postseason, Lackey is 2-1 with a 3.26 ERA in four appearances, three of them starts. Lackey came out of the bullpen to pitch a scoreless eighth inning in Game 4, one which the Red Sox would go on to win on a game-ending pickoff by Koji Uehara of St. Louis’s Kolten Wong.
The Cardinals will count on rookie Michael Wacha to try and extend their season to a Game 7. In his last start, also Game 2 of the World Series, Wacha picked up the win despite the Cardinals trailing 2-1 when he was last on the mound. He went six innings and gave up two runs on a home run by David Ortiz.
Wacha is 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in four postseason starts. Wacha won two games for the Cardinals in the NLCS against the Dodgers, allowing no runs on seven hits in 13.2 innings. He was later named NLCS MVP.
Before the game, the Red Sox will welcome back team legends Luis Tiant and Carlton Fisk to throw out the ceremonial first pitches. Both were key members of the 1975 American League Champion Red Sox and played well in the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. Tiant went 2-0 in that series, and Fisk hit the most memorable home run in Red Sox history, 12th-inning walk-off that hit the left field foul pole in Game 6 to force a Game 7 and save the Red Sox season.
The first ball will be delivered to the mound by 10-year-old Jordan Laudani, a member of the Watertown Boys & Girls Club, along with Red Sox legend and Hall of Famer Jim Rice.
Boston’s own Dropkick Murphys will perform the National Anthem prior to the game, as well as play their hit song “I’m Shipping up to Boston,” which became an anthem of the Red Sox on their way to their 2007 World Series championship.
Performing “God Bless America” in the middle of the seventh inning will be a quartet from the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band: Master Sgt. Jennifer Dashnaw, Tech. Sgt. Quez Vasquez, Tech. Sgt. Niko Ellison, and Staff Sgt. Rachel Webber.
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