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Worst to first, Red Sox clinch World Series


The Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 Wednesday to capture their eighth World Series title and first at Fenway Park since 1918.

Shane Victorino blasted a three-run double in the third inning and Stephen Drew clubbed a solo homer in the fourth for the Red Sox who won the best-of-seven series four games to two.

Victorino, who missed the previous two games with a back injury, hit a three-run double off Cardinals starter Michael Wacha to open the scoring for the Red Sox in the bottom of the third. Right fielder Victorino doubled off the left field Green Monster wall which scored David Ortiz, Jacoby Ellsbury and Jonny Gomes.

Victorino extended Boston's lead to 6-0 with an RBI single with the bases-loaded in the fourth in front of a crowd of 38,447.

Slugger David Ortiz was named most valuable player of the 109th World Series after he tormented the Cardinals all series with hot bat.

St. Louis wasn

't going to give Ortiz a chance to punish them further in game six as they walked the future Hall of Famer in his first three at bats of the contest.

The Red Sox join the 1991 Minnesota Twins as the only teams to win the World Series one year after finishing in last place in their division.

Japan's Koji Uehara recorded the final out of the contest, striking out St. Louis lead-off hitter Matt Carpenter. It was the third consecutive save in the World Series for Uehara.

The Red Sox made quick work of Cardinals rookie starter Michael Wacha, who left the game after giving up four runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings of work.

Drew led off the fourth by hitting a solo homer into right field for his first hit of the post-season and he did it on the first pitch from Wacha. Drew is just the second Red Sox second baseman to hit a homer in the World Series, following Rico Petrocelli in 1967.

Wacha had been the best pitcher in the 2013 playoffs as the 22-year-old righty entered game six 4-0 and a 1.00 ERA but he struggled mightily Wednesday.

The Red Sox clinched their third World Series title in the last 10 years and first at home in 95 years when Babe Ruth was on their roster.

Boston has now won three titles in the last 10 years but their previous two came on the road. In 2007 they beat Colorado and in 2004 they snapped an 86-year title drought with a four-game sweep of the Cardinals.

Battled-tested Boston starter John Lackey hurled 6 2/3 innings of one hit ball, striking out five and walking none.

Right-hander Lackey clinched a World Series title for the Angels back in 2002 with a terrific game seven performance as a rookie.

The Cardinals didn't get their first run until the seventh, when Carlos Beltran singled to left field, plating Daniel Descalso.

St. Louis then threatened to cut into the Red Sox lead further by loading the bases in the same inning but Boston first baseman Mike Napoli got Allen Craig out, stranding the three base runners.

Shane Victorino of the Boston Red Sox hits a three run double during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park on October 30, 2013

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