Sox cruise past Cards in Game 1
Updated: Thursday, October 24 2013, 08:49 AM EDT
Biston (AP) - Jon Lester threw a cutter in the eighth inning for his final out of the game, his latest scoreless World Series stint over.
The fans roared as the Red Sox ace walked slowly toward the dugout, tipping his cap. He had given them plenty to cheer about all night.
Lester allowed five hits in 7 2-3 innings, and even started an inning-ending double play, to help Boston beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-1 in Game 1 on Wednesday night.
On another chilly October night six years earlier, Lester won the final game of the World Series with 5 2-3 shutout innings as Boston completed a four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 4-3 victory.
Back-to-back World Series starts for Lester — one completing a championship drive, another, perhaps, starting one.
He struck out eight, walked one and left after retiring Matt Carpenter on a routine fly to left field on his 112th pitch.
Lester had struggled going into the All-Star game. He was 2-6 in his last 11 starts before the break. But he took nine days off between starts, fixed what he was doing wrong and has been outstanding ever since. He was 7-2 in his last 11 regular-season starts and continued his success in the postseason with a 3-1 record and 1.67 ERA in four games.