BOSTON — 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 a shutout into the seventh inning as the Red Sox clinched a title on their field for the first time since 1918.
Fenway Park was rollicking, with the crowd standing from the first pitch. Victorino lined a three-run double off the Green Monster in the third, and the cheers and chants only got louder after that.
With fans roaring on every pitch and cameras flashing, Koji Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter for the final out. The Japanese pitcher jumped into the arms of catcher David Ross while Red Sox players rushed from the dugout and bullpen as the Boston theme Dirty Water played on the public-address system.
“What happened to this city, we wanted to do something special and make everybody happy and proud of their team in the toughest of times, and hopefully we did that,” Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. “We love each other, and that’s why we’re here.”
And the Red Sox didn’t have to fly the trophy home. For the first time since Babe Ruth’s team back in 1918, Boston won the title at Fenway Park.
Ortiz, the Series MVP, walked four times and scored twice. He reached base 19 times in 25 plate appearances in the Series.
Lackey gave up one run in 62/3 innings, becoming the first pitcher to start and win a World Series clincher for different teams, having led the Angels past the Giants in Game 7 in 2002 as a rookie.
“I’ll appreciate it a lot more this time,” Lackey said. “I was a rookie then and trying to help out and do my best. It was a long time to get back to this point. I’m definitely enjoying it and will appreciate it a lot more.”
In the fourth, Stephen Drew hit a solo home run and Mike Napoli, back in the lineup with Ortiz returning as the designated hitter, hit an RBI single.
Victorino also added an RBI single with the bases loaded in the fourth inning that gave Boston a 6-0 lead.
“Hey, we’re world champs, can’t believe it,” Victorino said.
In all, a festive night for this bunch of bearded Bostonians under first-year manager John Farrell. The Red Sox joined the 1991 Minnesota Twins as the only teams to win the World Series a year after finishing in last place.