Final, 8-1 Red Sox: Ryan Dempster came in to pitch the ninth inning for the Red Sox, with Nava staying in to play left field. Matt Holliday led off the inning with a home run into the Green Monster seats, but Dempster got Allen Craig to fly out to right for the first out and got Molina to fly out to second base for the second out. Freese lined a hit to right field that Victorino fired back in to first, but Freese just beat the throw to the bag. Dempster then struck out Adams to end the game and secure the win for the Red Sox.
The Red Sox finished the game with eight runs on eight hits and recorded just one error. The Cardinals scored just one run on seven hits while committing three errors. Jon Lester picked up the win, while Adam Wainwright took the loss. The Red Sox lead the series 1-0, with John Lackey getting the start tomorrow against the Cardinals’ Michael Wacha.
End of the 8th, 8-0 Red Sox: With the Sox now up 7-0, John Farrell let Jon Lester come back out for the eighth inning. He got Kozma to ground out to shortstop to start the inning, and then got Ellsbury to fly out to center. Farrell then came out of the inning to lift his starter, who left the field to a standing ovation after throwing 7.2 innings and allowing no runs on 5 hits with eight strikeouts and just one walk. He threw 111 pitches; 76 of them were strikes. Junichi Tazawa came in to finish the inning, who got Jay to strike out looking to end the inning.
Carlos Martinez came in pitch for the Cardinals in the bottom of the inning and gave up a double to pinch-hitter Daniel Nava, who later advanced to third on a wild pitch to Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts hit a sac fly to left that scored Nava to give the Sox their eighth run of the game. Drew then grounded out to first base for the second out and Ross flew out to right to end the inning.
End of the 7th, 7-0 Red Sox: Lester came back out for the seventh and struck out Freese to start the inning and then got Adams to ground out to Bogaerts for a quick second out. Lester struck out Robinson to end the frame with another 1-2-3 inning.
Randy Choate came in to pitch for the Cardinals in the bottom of the seventh, who promptly got Ellsbury to ground out to second base. He was the removed from the game in favor of Seth Maness, who got Victorino to line out to first base on a leaping grab by Adams. Pedroia then laced a grounder to third base that Freese skipped over to first and Adams could not handle the throw and Pedroia was safe. Maness was then taken out and Kevin Siegrist became the third Cardinal pitcher of the inning. Ortiz then launched a bomb to right field for a two-run homer to put the Red Sox up 7-0. Napoli lined out to center, but the Red Sox headed into the eighth now up seven runs.
End of the 6th, 5-0 Red Sox: Holliday flew out to right field to start the sixth inning and Lester got a quick second out with a strikeout of Craig. Molina then popped out to first base for the final out of the frame; Lester had thrown 91 pitches through a full six inning.
John Axford came in to pitch for the Cardinals before the start of the inning, who got his night off to a great start by striking out the side of Bogaerts, Drew, and Ross.
End of the 5th, 5-0 Red Sox: Adams led off the inning with a rocket to left field, but Jonny Gomes made a diving catch to save extra bases and get the out. Robinson then singled to left to get a runner on base, but Kozma then flew out to Victorino for the second out. Carpenter then singled to left to move Robinson to second and both were able to move up on an error by Gomes. Lester got Jay to ground to shortstop and Drew made a running throw to first to get the final out and strand the runners on second and third.
Pedroia led off the inning with a shot to right that looked like it would fall, but Robinson made a running catch into the wall for the out. Ortiz singled to center for the first Red Sox hit since the second inning, but was put out at second on a fielder’s choice grounded into by Napoli. Gomes then grounded to the shortstop who threw to second base for the final out of the inning.
End of the 4th, 5-0 Red Sox: Jon Jay, who had just come into the game for Beltran, drew a walk to start the inning, but Lester got Holliday swinging for the first out. Craig singled to centerfield to move Jay to second, followed by another single by Molina to load the bases. Lester stuck in though, getting Freese to ground the ball right back to him; Lester threw the ball to home and Ross’ throw then beat Freese to first for a 1-2-3 double play to kill the Cardinals rally and get the Red Sox out of the bases loaded jam.
Ross struck out to start the bottom of the inning, and Ellsbury struck out looking for the second out. Victorino flew out to center for Wainwright’s second straight 1-2-3 inning.
End of the 3d, 5-0 Red Sox: Shane Robinson grounded the shortstop for the first out and Kozma popped out to Napoli for the second out. Lester then struck out Carpenter looking to end the inning, having through just 35 pitches through the game.
Before the start of the bottom of the inning, Beltran was removed from the game; Jon Jay took over in centerfield and Robinson moved over to right field. Jonny Gomes popped out to first base to begin the frame and Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop for a quick two outs. Drew then struck out for a 1-2-3 inning for Wainwright, his first of the game.
End of the 2d, 5-0 Red Sox: Yadier Molina struck out looking to begin the second inning and David Freese did the same for the second out. Matt Adams grounded out to second base for a quick 1-2-3 inning for Lester, having thrown just 10 pitches in the inning.
Stephen Drew popped up to the pitcher’s mound to start the bottom of the inning, but Wainwright an Molina both thought the other one had the ball and it fell to the ground for a hit. David Ross then hit a soft single to centerfield, but Ellsbury flew out to left for the first out of the inning. Victorino bounced a grounder to deep short, forcing Kozma to attempt a glove flip that he couldn’t handle and everyone was safe. Dustin Pedroia then singled to left to score Drew and extend the Red Sox lead to four runs. David Ortiz launched a deep fly ball to right that looked like it was going to be a grand slam, but Carlos Beltran made a great catch reaching into the bullpen; Ross was still able to score from third to make it 5-0 Red Sox. Napoli then grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning with the Sox now holding a five run lead.
End of the 1st, 3-0 Red Sox: Matt Carpenter grounded out to shortstop to start the game and Lester struck out Carlos Beltran swinging for the second out of the inning. Matt Holliday singled to centerfield for the first hit of the ballgame, but Allen Craig popped out to second base for the third out. Lester threw just 12 pitches in the inning, 10 of them were strikes.
Jacoby Ellsbury worked a walk to start the bottom of the first, but Shane Victorino then lined out to left for the first out. Dustin Pedroia singled to center to move Ellsbury to second. Ortiz grounded to the Carpenter at second base, who flipped it to the shortstop Kozma, but Kozma missed the catch. The umpire still called Pedroia out, which brought John Farrell out to argue as the Fenway crowd screamed at the missed call. The umpires conferred and reversed the call, bringing Pedroia back to second base, loading the bases for Mike Napoli. Napoli promptly laced a double to deep left center, scoring Ellsbury, Pedroia, and Ortiz to give the Sox a 3-0 lead. Jonny Gomes grounded out to second base for the second out, advancing Napoli to third base, but Xander Bogaerts struck out to end the inning. Wainwright threw 31 pitches in the inning.
Pregame: Starting tonight the Red Sox and Cardinals will square off in the 109th World Series. The Red Sox are coming off a 3-2 ALCS win over the Detroit Tigers, while the Cardinals won the NLCS over the Los Angeles Dodgers, also 3-2.
This is the Red Sox third World Series appearance in the past decade. The Cardinals are the only other baseball team to reach the Fall Classic that many times in that span, with this being their fourth appearance.
The Red Sox are currently holding a eight-game World Series winning streak, having defeated the Cardinals and Colorado Rockies each four straight times to win the World Series in 2004 and 2007, respectively.
MLB is dedicating Game 1 to honoring veterans and military families. Their will be a pregame ceremony in which living Medal of Honor recipients Salvatore Giunta, Clinton Romesha, and Williams Swenson will be honored.
Hall of famer Carl Yastrzemski will join these men on the field to throw out the first pitch. Mary J. Blige will sing the National Anthem tonight; the first pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m.
The Red Sox also plan to hold a moment of silence before the game in honor of Colleen Ritzer, the 24-year-old Danvers High School teacher who was found dead earlier today.