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Red Sox hammer Cardinals 8-1 in Game 1 of World Series

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Updated: October 23, 2013 11:44PM



BOSTON -- The St. Louis Cardinals were shaky early, and David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox finished them off late late for an easy 8-1 victory in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night.

Mike Napoli cleared the bases with a three-run double against Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright after St. Louis failed to turn a double play in the second inning, and Boston started a two-run second after Wainwright watched Stephen Drew’s pop-up fall between him and catcher Yadier Molina. A 5-0 lead was plenty for lefty Jon Lester, who pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings.

Ortiz hit his fourth homer of the postseason, a two-run shot in the seventh inning that extended Boston’s lead to 7-0.

“We’re a confident group, no matter what,’’ said Napoli, who has 16 RBI in nine World Series games. “You’ve got to take advantage of opportunities and we’ve done that all through the playoffs.’’

The Cardinals didn’t take advantage of Ortiz’ potential inning-ending double-play grounder, which put the umpires on center stage in the first. Dana DeMuth mistakenly ruled Dustin Pedroia safe when Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma dropped second baseman Matt Carpenter’s backhand flip, but after huddling near second, the umps overturned the call to load the bases for Napoli.

“You rarely see that on a stage like this but I think it’s good for the game,’’ Napoli said.

“It’s a pretty tough time to debut that overruled call in the World Series,’’ Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “I get trying to get the call right. Tough one to swallow.’’

On top of the Cardinals’ performance that Matheny called embarrassing, they lost their star right fielder, Carlos Beltran, to a rib injury after Beltran caught Ortiz’ sacrifice fly in the second. X-Rays were negative, and he is day-to-day, Matheny said.

“We had a wake-up call,’’ said Matheny, whose team made three postseason errors going in. “That is not the kind of team that we’ve been all season. They’re frustrated and I’m sure embarrassing to a point.’’

Third baseman David Freese had a rough night, committing the Cardinals’ third error and tapping a bouncer to Lester for a home-to-first double play to end the fourth. In the ninth, Freese, sliding into first, was almost thrown out by right fielder Shane Victorino on a sharp single.

“The key to me was the double play in the fourth,’’ Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

The Red Sox extended their World Series winning streak to nine games dating to 2004 when they swept the Cardinals.

NOTES: Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Clay Buchholz will likely need an extra day of rest, which means Jake Peavy will probably start Game 3 in St. Louis.

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