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Larry Fine / Reuters, Published October 23 2013

Red Sox beat Cardinals 8-1 in World Series opener

BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox took advantage of sloppy St. Louis Cardinals fielding with superb pitching and timely hitting to run away with Wednesday’s World Series opener 8-1 at chilly Fenway Park.

Red Sox starter Jon Lester threw 7 2-3 scoreless innings and was backed by a three-run double by Mike Napoli and a two-run blast over the right-field wall by David “Big Papi” Ortiz.

Boston took advantage of a Cardinals’ comedy of errors early on to take a commanding lead in the game and seize a 1-0 advantage in the best-of-7 series.

“We had a wake-up call,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. “That is not the kind of team that we’ve been all season. And they’re frustrated (and) I’m sure embarrassed to a point.”

The Red Sox scored three runs in the first inning on Napoli’s bases-loaded double off St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright, and two more runs in the second, helped in each inning by errors charged to shortstop Pete Kozma.

Ortiz poured it on with a booming two-run homer in the seventh in support of winning pitcher Lester, who deftly mixed his array of pitches in yielding only five hits and just one walk while striking out eight.

“I thought he and David (catcher Ross) did a very good job of getting his curveball in the mix ... to create a little more separation in his pitches in terms of velocity,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell.

“Once he was able to establish that, I thought he had a very good cutter, particularly some back-door cutters to some right-handers.

“As he got deeper into the game, he got his change-up in the mix a little more. Just a solid, solid outing by Jon.”

Matt Holliday finally put St. Louis on the scoreboard with a ninth-inning home run off reliever Ryan Dempster.

Losing pitcher Wainwright gave up five runs on six hits in five innings on the mound but only three were earned.

The pitcher contributed to the Cardinals’ sins in the field, allowing a harmless pop up to drop at his feet in confusion with catcher Yadier Molina over who would catch the ball for a single. That would start Boston’s second-inning outburst.

Boston capitalized on the Cards’ generosity with timely production as they out-hit St. Louis just 8-7.

The mishaps began in the first when Ortiz grounded to the second baseman with one out and men on first and second.

Matt Carpenter tossed the ball to shortstop Kozma for a force. Although the ball was dropped, the umpire called the runner out at second, ruling that the drop was due to transferring the ball from Kozma’s glove to throw.

After an argument from the Boston manager, the umpires conferred and changed the call to safe at second and Kozma was charged with an error. With the bags loaded, Napoli ripped a bases-clearing double to left-center for a 3-0 lead.

The pop-up by Stephen Drew that fell comically between Wainwright and Molina for a silly single began a second-inning rally that included another error by Kozma that loaded the bases.

Pedroia singled in one run and even more damage was dodged when Ortiz was robbed of a grand slam by right fielder Carlos Beltran, who reached over the wall to deny him, although a run scored on the sacrifice fly.

St. Louis Boston

ab r h bi ab r h bi

MCrpnt 2b 4 0 1 0 Ellsury cf 3 1 0 0

Beltran rf 1 0 0 0 Victorn rf 4 0 0 0

Jay cf 2 0 0 0 Pedroia 2b 4 2 2 1

Hollidy lf 4 1 2 1 D.Ortiz dh 3 2 2 3

Craig dh 4 0 1 0 Napoli 1b 4 0 1 3

YMolin c 4 0 1 0 JGoms lf 3 0 0 0

Freese 3b 4 0 1 0 Nava ph-lf 1 1 1 0

MAdms 1b 4 0 0 0 Bogarts 3b 3 0 0 1

SRonsn cf-rf 3 0 1 0 Drew ss 4 1 1 0

Kozma ss 3 0 0 0 D.Ross c 4 1 1 0

Totals 33 1 7 1 Totals 33 8 8 8

St. Louis 000 000 001— 1

Boston 320 000 21x— 8

E—Freese (1), Kozma 2 (2), J.Gomes (1). DP—Boston 1. LOB—St. Louis 6, Boston 4. 2B—Napoli (1), Nava (1). HR—Holliday (1), D.Ortiz (1). SF—D.Ortiz, Bogaerts.

IP H R ER BB SO

St. Louis

Wainwright L,0-1 5 6 5 3 1 4

Axford 1 0 0 0 0 3

Choate Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Maness Zc 0 1 1 0 0

Siegrist Zc 1 1 1 0 0

Ca.Martinez 1 1 1 1 0 0

Boston

Lester W,1-0 7Xc 5 0 0 1 8

Tazawa Zc 0 0 0 0 1

Dempster 1 2 1 1 0 1

WP—Ca.Martinez.

T—3:17. A—38,345 (37,499).