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ALMOST FAMOUS: The slumping Drew nearly went yard with a runner on for Boston in the fifth, but his drive was caught at the wall, too.

Moments later, Red Sox funny man David Ross singled, turned to his first base coach and said, “Nice to meet you.” Good line caught on audio and relayed to viewers by Fox broadcasters.

It was Ross‘ second hit in 10 World Series at-bats.


CAN’T GET HIM OUT: David Ortiz singles in the fourth to make him 10 for 13 (.769) with four walks in the Series.

Ortiz has reached base safely in nine consecutive plate appearances, tying the World Series record set by Billy Hatcher for the Cincinnati Reds in 1990.


FINDING HIS STROKE? David Freese grounded a leadoff single up the middle in the third, perhaps a good sign for St. Louis. The hometown favorite entered 1 for 12 in the Series and 8 for 49 (.163) in the postseason. He’s left a bunch of guys on base, too.


LARGE FATHER: Boston breaks out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI double by Ortiz _ who else? Big Papi has six RBIs in the Series.

Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright hung an 0-2 curve to Dustin Pedroia, who lashed a double to left field. Ortiz hit a hard grounder on the next pitch just inside first base.

Wainwright prevented further damage and then looked very sharp in the second inning, striking out all three batters. In fact, his first six outs came on strikeouts _ including five in a row.

Jon Lester could have been number six, but the Boston pitcher actually made contact on a dribbler that was scooped up by catcher Yadier Molina.

As a hitter, Lester is 0 for 31 with 19 strikeouts in his regular-season career.


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