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Early offense and Lester's arm gives Red Sox Game 1

2:35 AM, Oct 24, 2013   |    comments
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Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Napoli staked Jon Lester to an early lead in Game 1 of the World Series and the Red Sox lefty did the rest.

Lester limited the St. Louis Cardinals to five hits and struck out eight over 7 2/3 scoreless innings as Boston took the opener of the Fall Classic, 8-1, in front of an approving crowd at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox jumped on Adam Wainwright early via Napoli's three-run double in the first inning, and David Ortiz added a home run and three RBI in the rout -- Boston's ninth straight World Series victory.

St. Louis did not record an extra-base hit against Lester (1-0), committed three errors and lost All-Star slugger Carlos Beltran to a right rib contusion in the second inning when the right fielder robbed Ortiz of a grand slam.

Wainwright (0-1) only lasted five frames after getting touched for five runs -- three earned -- on six hits for the NL champs, whose only offensive came on Matt Holliday's home run in the ninth.

This is the fourth time these storied franchises have met in the Fall Classic. St. Louis won the first two in 1946 and 1967, and the Red Sox famously returned the favor in 2004 to end their 86-year title drought.

The Game 1 winner has won nine of the last 10 World Series, but St. Louis has an ace in the hole in Michael Wacha, who will start Game 2 on Thursday after giving up just one run in 21 innings this postseason. The Red Sox will counter will John Lackey.

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