Mike Napoli and David Ortiz both drove home three runs for the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night, and the St. Louis Cardinals made three errors in the Bosox’ 8-1 win in the first game of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park in Boston.
Napoli delivered a three-run, bases-loaded double in the first inning. Ortiz slammed a two-run, seventh-inning home run after he had earlier been robbed of a grand slam homer, settling for a sacrifice fly on a leaping catch that later sidelined St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran.
Matt Holliday, who went 2-for-4, homered in the ninth inning for the Cardinals’ lone run.
The Red Sox only outhit their opponent 8-7, but held a 5-0 lead after two innings off Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright, who lasted five innings, allowed five runs (3 earned) and six hits, striking out four batters and walking one. The winning pitcher was Boston starter Jon Lester, who worked 7-and-two-thirds scoreless innings, allowed five hits, struck out eight hitters and walked one.
Game two of the best-of-seven series, on Thursday night in Boston, will feature Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha, who is 3-0 (0.43 ERA) in the postseason after a regular season 4-1 Major League start, against the Red Sox’ John Lackey (12-13).
Beltran is questionable after suffering a rib contusion robbing Ortiz in right field Wednesday.