Lester puts Red Sox on brink of another World Series title
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter October 28, 2013 10:06PM
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester throws during the first inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Updated: October 29, 2013 11:23AM
ST. LOUIS – No strange endings this time around.
Just a run-of-the-mill 7 2/3-inning start from Boston Red Sox ace Jon Lester, a couple of late runs by the Red Sox, and a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals that puts Boston on the brink of its third World Series title in 10 seasons.
They lead the series 3-2 as it heads back to Boston for Game 6 on Wednesday.
Lester struck out seven on the way to his second victory of the series, allowing his only run on a one-out solo homer by Matt Holliday in the fourth.
The Red Sox scored first with – who else? – David Ortiz driving in Dustin Pedroia with a one-out double in the first during a three-hit performance that boosted Ortiz’s batting average for the series to .733 (11-for-15). And he has a 2.017 OPS.
But Ortiz was in the dugout when the Sox scored twice in the seventh to take the lead, with David Ross delivering a one-out RBI double, and Jacoby Ellsbury following two batters later with a run-scoring single.