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Larry Fine / Reuters, Published October 30 2013

Red Sox eliminate Cardinals for World Series title

BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox completed a rousing run from a last-place finish to the top of the baseball universe by routing the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 on Wednesday to win the World Series.

The emphatic victory gave the Red Sox a 4-2 triumph in the best-of-7 series for their third Major League Baseball championship in 10 seasons, starting the surge when they ended an 86-year title drought with their 2004 sweep of the Cardinals.

Shane Victorino, in the lineup after missing two games with a stiff back, led the way with a three-run double in the third and a bases-loaded single in the fourth, finishing with four RBIs.

“Hey, we’re world champs, can’t believe it,” said Victorino, one of a slew of veterans who joined the Red Sox this year for their improbable run.

David “Big Papi” Ortiz was named Most Valuable Player of the series, going 11-for-16 at the plate for a .688 batting average with two home runs and six RBIs. So feared was Ortiz that he was walked four times in the clincher, three times intentionally.

Closer Koji Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter for the final out, setting off wild celebrations on the field and in the stands for the first World Series clinched in front of the home fans at Fenway Park since their 1918 championship.

It was an emotional climax for a team that had finished last in the American League East in 2012 with a 69-93 record, and had vowed to “B strong” in solidarity with a city shaken by deadly bomb attacks at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April.

“What happened to this city, we wanted to do something special and make everybody happy and proud of their team in the toughest of times and hopefully we did that,” said Dustin Pedroia. “We love each other and that’s why we’re here.”

The Red Sox joined the 1991 Minnesota Twins as the only teams to go from last place in one season to World Series champions the next year.

While Victorino and the Red Sox did their damage against the Cardinals’ 22-year-old rookie sensation Michael Wacha, Boston starter John Lackey held St. Louis in check.

The big right-hander went 6Xc innings, giving up one run and scattering nine hits as the Cardinals failed to capitalize on opportunities, stranding nine runners on base.

Lackey became the first starting pitcher ever to win two World Series-clinching games for two different teams, following his Game 7 win as a 24-year-old rookie for the Angels in 2002 over the Giants.

After two scoreless frames, the Red Sox shocked Wacha, who had gone 4-0 during the postseason with a 1.00 ERA.

Jacoby Ellsbury led off the third with a single and moved to second on a ground out. After red-hot David Ortiz was walked intentionally, Jonny Gomes was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

That brought up Victorino, who entered the game hitting 0-for-10 in the World Series and 3-for-34 in the postseason but found himself in his favorite situation.

The “Flyin’ Hawaiian,” whose grand slam home run in Game 6 of the AL League Championship series against Detroit sent the Red Sox to the World Series, belted a Wacha pitch high off the Green Monster in left to clear the bases for a 3-0 lead.

St. Louis Boston

ab r h bi ab r h bi

MCrpnt 2b 5 0 3 0 Ellsury cf 4 2 2 0

Beltran rf 4 0 1 1 Pedroia 2b 5 0 0 0

Hollidy lf 3 0 0 0 D.Ortiz dh 1 2 0 0

Craig dh 4 0 2 0 Napoli 1b 5 0 1 1

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

MAdms 1b 4 0 0 0 Victorn rf 3 0 2 4

Freese 3b 4 0 0 0 Bogarts 3b 4 0 0 0

Jay cf 4 0 1 0 Drew ss 4 1 2 1

Descals ss 4 1 1 0 D.Ross c 4 0 0 0

Totals 36 1 9 1 Totals 33 6 8 6

St. Louis 000 000 100— 1

Boston 003 300 00x— 6

E—M.Carpenter (2), Pedroia (1). DP—Boston 1. LOB—St. Louis 9, Boston 11. 2B—M.Carpenter (1), Ellsbury (1), Victorino (1). HR—Drew (1).

IP H R ER BB SO

St. Louis

Wacha L,1-1 3Xc 5 6 6 4 5

Lynn 0 2 0 0 1 0

Maness Zc 0 0 0 0 1

Siegrist 1Zc 0 0 0 0 1

Ca.Martinez 1Xc 1 0 0 0 1

Choate 0 0 0 0 1 0

Rosenthal 1 0 0 0 1 1

Boston

Lackey W,1-1 6Xc 9 1 1 1 5

Tazawa H,2 Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Workman 1 0 0 0 0 0

Uehara 1 0 0 0 0 1

Lynn pitched to 3 batters in the 4th.

Choate pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

HBP—by Wacha (J.Gomes). WP—Lackey 2. Balk—Rosenthal.

T—3:16. A—38,447 (37,499).