Red Sox Win World Series

Beat Cardinals 6-1; first championship at home since 1918

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 30, 2013 10:46 PM CDT | Updated Oct 31, 2013 12:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox romped to their third World Series championship in 10 seasons, thumping October ace Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 last night in Game 6. Shane Victorino drove in four runs and John Lackey pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning as the Red Sox clinched a crown on their own field for the first time since 1918.

Fenway Park was rollicking, with the crowd standing from the very first pitch. Victorino lined a three-run double off the Green Monster in the third, and the cheers, chants, and singing of "Sweet Caroline" only got louder after that. Many fans paid more than $1,000 (and some much more) per ticket for the night, eager to be part of an in-house celebration that had been building for nearly a century. Ortiz drew four walks and scored twice. He reached base a whopping 19 times in 25 plate appearances. "This is for you, Boston. You guys deserve it," said the Series MVP, who also spoke to the city a week after the Marathon attack. "We've been through a lot this year, and this is for all of you and all those families who struggled."

Shane Victorino hits an RBI single during the fourth inning.
Shane Victorino hits an RBI single during the fourth inning.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
David Freese (23) watches as catcher Yadier Molina, right, pats starting pitcher Michael Wacha as he is taken out of the game during the fourth inning.
David Freese (23) watches as catcher Yadier Molina, right, pats starting pitcher Michael Wacha as he is taken out of the game during the fourth inning.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina looks back as home plate umpire Jim Joyce calls Boston's Jonny Gomes safe on a three-run double by Shane Victorino during the third inning.
St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina looks back as home plate umpire Jim Joyce calls Boston's Jonny Gomes safe on a three-run double by Shane Victorino during the third inning.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
David Ortiz reacts after scoring on a single by Shane Victorino (18) during the fourth inning.
David Ortiz reacts after scoring on a single by Shane Victorino (18) during the fourth inning.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey warms up before Game 6.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey warms up before Game 6.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
In a multiple exposure, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey throws during the first inning.
In a multiple exposure, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey throws during the first inning.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
In a multiple exposure, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha throws during the first inning.
In a multiple exposure, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha throws during the first inning.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
The words Go Sox are illuminated on a side of the Prudential Tower, top, as people walk along a street outside Fenway Park during Game 6.
The words "Go Sox" are illuminated on a side of the Prudential Tower, top, as people walk along a street outside Fenway Park during Game 6.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Relief pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher David Ross celebrate after getting St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter to strike out and end Game 6.
Relief pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher David Ross celebrate after getting St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter to strike out and end Game 6.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher David Ross celebrate after striking out Matt Carpenter to end the game.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher David Ross celebrate after striking out Matt Carpenter to end the game.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
David Ortiz carries relief pitcher Koji Uehara after winning Game 6 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.
David Ortiz carries relief pitcher Koji Uehara after winning Game 6 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Law enforcement officials form a line along a street outside Fenway Park, following Game 6 of the World Series, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston.
Law enforcement officials form a line along a street outside Fenway Park, following Game 6 of the World Series, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz applauds after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz applauds after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Boston Red Sox fans celebrate after Boston defeated St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.
Boston Red Sox fans celebrate after Boston defeated St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
David Ortiz drinks out of a giant bottle of champagne as he celebrates after Game 6 of thes World Series, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, in Boston.
David Ortiz drinks out of a giant bottle of champagne as he celebrates after Game 6 of thes World Series, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, in Boston.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara, left, holds the championship trophy with teammate Junichi Tazawa after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara, left, holds the championship trophy with teammate Junichi Tazawa after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz laughs after being named the MVP after Game 6 of the World Series Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz laughs after being named the MVP after Game 6 of the World Series Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Boston Red Sox players celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.
Boston Red Sox players celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara celebrates after striking out St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter to end Game 6 of the World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara celebrates after striking out St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter to end Game 6 of the World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Secretary of State John Kerry watches during the eighth inning of Game 6, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.
Secretary of State John Kerry watches during the eighth inning of Game 6, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz adjusts his goggles after Boston Red Sox defeated St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz adjusts his goggles after Boston Red Sox defeated St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz lifts relief pitcher Koji Uehara after Boston defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz lifts relief pitcher Koji Uehara after Boston defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara, left, holds the championship trophy with teammate Junichi Tazawa, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara, left, holds the championship trophy with teammate Junichi Tazawa, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz celebrates with teammates after Game 6, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, in Boston.
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz celebrates with teammates after Game 6, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, in Boston.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara (19) celebrates with Jacoby Ellsbury after Boston defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara (19) celebrates with Jacoby Ellsbury after Boston defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
The Boston Red Sox celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston.
The Boston Red Sox celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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