St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jon Lester put his name among other Red
Sox legends with a sublime Game 5 performance that has Boston one win away
from its third World Series title since 2004.
Lester retired 12 straight at one point Monday and Boston scored twice in the
seventh to take a pivotal 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch
It was the fourth consecutive game decided by two runs or less in this roller-
coaster Fall Classic that has seen the Red Sox take the last two on the road
for a 3-2 series lead.
Lester (2-0) allowed only four hits, did not walk a batter and struck out
seven over 7 2/3 innings to join Curt Schilling and Pedro Martinez as the only
Boston pitchers with six career postseason wins.
David Ross broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI double in the seventh, the sixth time
this postseason the Red Sox have pushed across the go-ahead run in the sixth
inning or later of a victory.
David Ortiz had another productive night for Boston, going 3-for-4 with an RBI
to boost his average in the series to an otherworldly .733 (11-of-15). He
matched Billy Hatcher's World Series record by reaching base in nine straight
plate appearances before lining out in the sixth.
Ortiz doubled in a run in the first inning against Adam Wainwright (0-2), who
settled in after another slow start but faltered late to suffer his second
loss of the series.
Like the loss in Game 1, the only run St. Louis mustered Monday came on a Matt
The series shifts back to Boston for Game 6 on Wednesday, with Michael Wacha
squaring off against John Lackey in a rematch of Game 3 won by the Cardinals
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