The Red Sox have won their third World Series title in 10 years and eighth overall, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 Wednesday to take the Fall Classic, 4-2.

It was the first time the Red Sox had claimed a World Series title at home since 1918.

It all jumped off in the third inning when the Red Sox loaded the bases. Victorino crushed a double high off the left field wall scoring three with two outs to open the game up for Boston. Ellsbury singled to right to start the rally, and the Cards finally gave up and intentionally walked Ortiz. With two outs, Jonny Gomes was hit by a pitch and then Victorino drove in three with a line drive that would have been out of most ballparks. Victorino had been 0-for-10 in the Series prior to the three-run double.

"My parents always told me to take every moment, live every moment, love every moment," said Victorino. "I just went out there and said, hey, I'll get another moment. I missed two games, it's time to shine, do what you can. I was able to get in a good hitter's count and I was able to put a ball off the wall."
In the fourth, the Sox sent nine men to the plate before the embattled Stephen Drew led off by smoking a Michael Wacha pitch to dead center for his first homer of the postseason to send Fenway off the rails with a 4-0 Boston lead. Mike Napoli later knocked in Jacoby Ellsbury with an RBI single off Lance Lynn -- who came in for St. Louis after Wacha was knocked out of the game. Shane Victorino then singled to left to drive in the twice-intentionally-walked David Ortiz with the sixth Boston run, the fourth RBI of the night for Victorino.

John Lackey, the winning pitcher, went 6.2 innings, giving up only one run in the bottom of the seventh on an opposite field single by Carlos Beltran to knock in Daniel Descalo. Lackey convinced manager John Farrell to let him stay in, walking Matt Holiday on the following at-bat, to load the bases before he was pulled. He allowed nine hits, walked one, and struck out five in 30 batters faced. He was replaced by Junichi Tazawa, who promptly got Allen Craig to ground out and get out of the jam.

"I wanted to stay in there," Lackey said. "I wanted to get myself out of that inning. Didn't work out. But [Tazawa] came in, did a great job. … great team win, for a great team."
Brandon Workman took over in the eighth inning for Tazawa. He got Yadier Molina to fly out to right field, before Matt Adams and David Freese grounded out to go 1-2-3.

St. Louis reliever Trevor Rosenthal, coming in with one out in the eighth inning and Pedroia on first, balked with Ortiz at the plate before intentionally walking him. With two on, he struck out Napoli and got Jonny Gomes to ground out, leaving the Red Sox with a chance to close it out Koji Uehara headed to the mound.

Uehara got Jon Jay and Descalso to fly out to left field before fanning Matt Carpenter to end the game.
Craig had gotten his second hit off Lackey in the fourth inning. Dustin Pedroia was eaten up on a ground ball by Molina for an error and there were two on with one out. But Lackey got Adams to fly out to left and Freese struck out looking to end the threat.