Red Sox Come Out Swinging, Taking an Early Lead in World Series

On their home turf, Boston routed the St. Louis Cardinals in an 8-1 win to kick off the October Classic

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After surviving an American League Championship Series characterized by low-scoring pitchers’duels, the Boston Red Sox tagged the St. Louis Cardinals for 8 runs Wednesday night in the opening game of the World Series and took a 1-0 lead in the best of seven-game championship.

The Red Sox struck early, scoring five runs in the first two innings. By the end of the night, they had coasted to an 8-1 victory over the Cardinals on their home turf, Fenway Park. Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, whose dramatic grand slam pulled Boston out of a deep hole in Game 2 of the ALCS, nearly hit another one last night, but Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran caught the ball over the fence and had to go to the hospital with bruised ribs. Ortiz knocked a two-run home run five innings later.

The Cardinals and the Red Sox last met in the World Series in 2004, where Boston won in four games. The two clubs square off again at Fenway Thursday night at 8:07 pm.