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Spotlight finds umpires all too quickly in Red Sox’ Game 1 victory

BOSTON — It didn’t take long — the first inning of Game 1 — for the umpires to take center stage at the World Series.

Apparently invoking the transfer rule, second-base ump Dana DeMuth mistakenly ruled Red Sox baserunner Dustin Pedroia out when Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma dropped second baseman Matt Carpenter’s flip to start a potential double play on a ground ball by David Ortiz. After huddling near second, the umps changed the call, loading the bases. Mike Napoli then cleared them with a double.

Replay will be used in such instances beginning next season, when managers will be allowed to challenge calls.

Red-faced

Lauded for their execution, the Cardinals were shaky early on. Kozma committed two errors, and a pop fly fell between starter Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina as the Red Sox scored five runs in the first two innings. Third baseman David Freese made the Cardinals’ third error in the seventh.

Cardinals’ Beltran injured

Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran didn’t last long in his first World Series game. He injured his ribs while catching a deep fly by Ortiz over the wall in the second and was taken for X-rays.

Stars

Starter Jon Lester pitched 72/3 scoreless innings, and Ortiz hit his fourth home run of the playoffs in the Red Sox’ 8-1 victory.

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