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Thursday, 31 October 2013 09:27

Boston Red Sox close out Cards for eighth championship

BOSTON (AP) - They can finally shave.
 
     The Boston Red Sox are celebrating their third World Series championship in 10 seasons. The bearded bunch did it with a 6-1 victory over St. Louis in Game 6, the first time the Bosox clinched a World Series at home since 1918. It's the eighth title for the Red Sox and comes one year after the team finished dead last in the American League East.
 
     General manager Ben Cherington overhauled his roster during the offseason, so it seems only fitting that all six Boston runs were driven in by first-year Red Sox. Shane Victorino had been 0-for-10 in the series before he opened the scoring with a three-run double in the bottom of the third, one inning before he delivered an RBI single. The other runs came on Stephen Drew's solo homer and Mike Napoli's RBI single, both coming in the fourth.
 
     Another first-year Bostonian closed out the victory as Koji Uehara (oo-ay-HAH'-rah) worked a perfect ninth, ending the series by striking out Matt Carpenter.
 
     World Series MVP David Ortiz was 0-for-1 with two runs scored and four walks, three intentional. He ended up with a .688 batting average, a .760 on-base percentage, two homers, six RBIs and seven runs scored in the Fall Classic.
 
     John Lackey earned a World Series-clinching victory for the second time in his career, 11 years after helping the Angels beat the Giants in Game 7. Lackey worked in and out of trouble for much of his 6 2/3 innings, surrendering nine hits but only one run while striking out five.
 
     It was a tough night for Cards rookie Michael Wacha (WAH'-kah), who entered the game with a 1.00 ERA in 27 postseason innings. Wacha was chased with two out in the fourth and charged with six runs on five hits and four walks.
 
     Boston's victory ends the National League's three-run reign as World Series champs. It also allows many Red Sox to become reacquainted with their razors.