Ortiz went three-for-four at the plate as Lester and Koji Uehara combined on a four-hitter. David Ross drove in the game’s winning run in the seventh on a ground-rule double to left.
As the 2013 season gets set to end at Fenway, here are a few things to file away:
–Lester pitched hurt.
I feel like it’s Oct. 29th, but stuff like that you just have to battle through. We’ve got 25, 28, however many guys in that dugout that are relying on you to go out and pitch innings, and whatever it is now, you’ve got to put on the back burner, just like [Clay Buchholz] did [Sunday]. We’ve got three months to recover. The time is now. We’ve got to win now.
–Lester’s World Series numbers are incredible.
Three career starts, three wins, one earned run in 21 innings, 12 hits allowed and 18 strikeouts.
–This postseason, Lester was a beast.
In five starts, Lester went 4-1. Allowing six earned runs over 34.2 innings, he scattered 25 hits and six runs. He also fanned 29.
–With a different hero every night becoming the norm, Monday was Ross’ turn.
On a night where Adam Wainwright was in full control after the first inning, Ross’ two hits off the stingy Wainwright were key.
–Wainwright gave the Cards everything he had.
He worked around the first inning back-to-back doubles to Dustin Pedroia and Ortiz by striking out the side looking.
He followed that up in the second by fanning the side swinging.
Lester was the first Sox hitter to put an out in play. He grounded out to Molina to start the third.
–Tie game or not, Lester hits in the seventh inning.
With only 69 pitches thrown for the night and the Cardinals not putting anything together, you leave him in.
Lester rewarded John Farrell by pitching into the eighth.
–The lone walk of the game came in the seventh off Wainwright.
Stephen Drew—of all people—drew it and scored a big insurance run on Jacoby Ellsbury’s single.
–As the Series concludes at Fenway, both managers must be thrilled to have the designated hitter return.
Mike Napoli gets his spot at first back for Boston and Allen Craig can rest his foot by not playing first for St. Louis.
*All statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference.
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