Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Shane Victorino came up big again for the Red Sox in a Game 6, this time lining a double off the Green Monster with the bags full in the third inning to give Boston an early 3-0 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in a potential World Series clincher.
Victorino, who missed the previous two games with a back injury, smacked a late go-ahead grand slam in Game 6 of the ALCS to finish off the Detroit Tigers.
On Wednesday he got all of a middle-in offering from rookie Michael Wacha and hammered it off the left-field wall after the Red Sox loaded the bases. Jacoby Ellsbury started the inning with a single, David Ortiz was intentionally walked two batters later and Jonny Gomes was plunked on the elbow with two away.
Wacha, who had given up three runs in 27 innings over his first four starts this postseason, stranded Victorino on third, but the damage was done.
The Red Sox won Games 4 and 5 in St. Louis to take a 3-2 series lead and are one win away from capturing their third World Series in the past 10 seasons. They can also secure a title at Fenway Park for the first time since 1918.
John Lackey, who can become the first pitcher to start and win the clinching game of a World Series for two different teams, has done his part for the Boston faithful, allowing only three hits with no walks.
Dustin Pedroia showed off the Gold Glove he won in the first inning when he cleanly fielded Carlos Beltran's sharp liner on a short hop in short right field. Boston's second baseman nearly caused a riot with a towering shot to left field in the bottom half, but the ball hooked foul and he later grounded out.
Both starters escaped the second after putting the first two hitters on base. Lackey, after uncorking a wild pitch that moved both runners up a base, got Jon Jay to chase strike three and Wacha induced a pair of pop outs before blowing one past David Ross.
Recent history in the Fall Classic is not on the Cardinals' side. Since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates won the last two games in Baltimore, six straight teams have failed to overcome 3-2 deficits on the road.