St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - This evenly-matched World Series between
the Red Sox and Cardinals was fittingly tied 1-1 through six innings in Game 5
at Busch Stadium.
As if there were any other way in this roller-coaster Fall Classic.
Boston's David Ortiz doubled in a run in the first inning, St. Louis' Matt
Holliday belted a solo homer in the fourth and Jon Lester and Adam Wainwright
were their typical stingy selves in this pivotal matchup.
Wainwright, trying to bounce back from a loss to Lester in Game 1, fanned
nine and scattered five hits for the Cardinals, who have recorded just three
hits off Boston's ace.
Ortiz singled in his second at-bat to tie Billy Hatcher's World Series record
of reaching base in nine consecutive plate appearances. His otherworldly
string ended with a lineout in the sixth, but the slugger was still hitting
.714 (10-for-14) in the series.
John Farrell slightly moved Boston's lineup around, and the tweaks paid off
early when Dustin Pedroia, batting second instead of third, lined an 0-2
breaking ball to the left-field wall for a two-bagger in the first inning.
Ortiz followed with a sharp ground ball past the first-base bag and Pedroia
scored on the double, giving Ortiz 14 RBI in his World Series career to match
Dwight Evans' club record.
Lester cruised through the first three innings. The left-hander erased Carlos
Beltran in the second on a double-play ball of the bat of a hobbled Allen
Craig, then stranded David Freese in scoring position an inning later by
freezing Matt Carpenter with a payoff pitch for his fourth punchout.
After catching Shane Robinson looking to start the fourth, Lester made his
first costly mistake as Holliday got his hands inside a 93 m.p.h. fastball and
muscled it to straightaway center for his second home run of the series.
The blast snapped Lester's impressive scoreless innings streak in the Fall
Classic, which was at 13 1/3 innings in two previous World Series starts.
Beltran flew out to the wall three pitches later, and Stephen Drew made a
leaping grab to rob Yadier Molina of a hit to end the inning. Lester retired
the side in the fifth and sixth frames.
Boston threatened in the fifth and came up empty. Xander Bogaerts and David
Ross each singled around Drew's flyout to the warning track, Lester struck out
trying to bunt the runners over and Jacoby Ellsbury went down swinging on a
ball out of the strike zone.
It was the 43rd time the World Series was tied 2-2. The Game 5 winner has won
it all 64.3 percent of the time, though seven of the last 10 losers of this
pivotal contest have rallied to capture the championship.
The Sports Network