St. Louis, MO – Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Red Sox are World Series champions again. A 6-1 victory over St. Louis on Wednesday in Game 6 of the 2013 Fall Classic has given the Red Sox their third championship in the past 10 seasons. It all started in 2004 when the Red Sox famously ended the "Curse of the Bambino" with a four-game sweep of the Cardinals. Three years later, the BoSox swept past Colorado. Both of those titles were clinched on the road, making this year's victory even more special as it was the first World Series championship won by the Red Sox in front of the Fenway Park faithful since 1918. John Farrell joined Terry Francona, Ed Barrow and Jake Stahl as the only Red Sox managers to win it all in their first year at the helm. His club and the 1991 Twins are the only teams to win a World Series one year after finishing at the bottom of its division. David Ortiz was named Most Valuable Player after hitting an amazing .688 (11-for-16) with two homers, seven runs scored, six RBI and a robust .750 (18-of-24) on-base percentage over the six games. The Red Sox chased Michael Wacha early in the clincher. Shane Victorino drew first blood against the previously unhittable rookie with a three-run double in the third inning. Victorino, who missed the previous two games with a back injury and was hitless in the Fall Classic coming into the game, added an RBI single in Boston's three-run fourth, which began with a Stephen Drew homer. All told, Wacha (1-1) was charged with six runs on five hits and four walks over 3 2/3 innings. The 22-year-old had given up a combined three runs in four winning starts this postseason. John Lackey (1-1) became the first pitcher to start and win the clinching game of a World Series for two different teams. The veteran righty tip-toed around baserunners all night, allowing just one run on nine hits and a walk in 6 2/3 frames. St. Louis, which was looking for its third title since 2007, saw its offense muster just four runs over three consecutive losses to end its otherwise successful campaign. The Cardinals went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position Wednesday and stranded nine.
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