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Red Sox beat Cardinals 8-1 in WS opener

Napoli 3-run double helps Red Sox romp past sloppy Cardinals 8-1 in World Series opener

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell argues a call with umpire Dana DeMuth during the first inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the St....
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell argues a call with umpire Dana DeMuth during the second inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the St...
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny argues a call during the first inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Boston Red Sox Wednesd...
Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli hits a three-run double during the first inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wedn...
St. Louis Cardinals' Pete Kozma can't handle a throw as Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia slides into second during the first inning of Game 1 of baseba...
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright wipes his face during the second inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Boston R...
St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran leaps to catch a long fly ball hit by Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz during the second inning of Game 1 of baseball'...
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright wipes his face as he pitches to Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli during the second inning of Game 1 o...
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz celebrates as he crosses home after hitting a two-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Se...
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Junichi Tazawa throws during the eighth inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wedn...
St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay reacts after striking out, as Boston Red Sox's David Ross runs to the dugout during the eighth inning of Game 1 of baseba...
Former Boston Red Sox player Kevin Millar, right, watches with singer Kenny Chesney, left, during the seventh inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Ser...
St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday waits in the outfield during the seventh inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Boston Red Sox Wed...
Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts, right, is congratulated by first base coach Arnie Beyeler (43) after his sacrifice fly during the eighth inning of G...

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Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell argues a call with umpire Dana DeMuth during the first inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the St....

World Series Cardinals Red Sox Baseball

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell argues a call with umpire Dana DeMuth during the second inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the St...

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St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny argues a call during the first inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Boston Red Sox Wednesd...

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Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli hits a three-run double during the first inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wedn...

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St. Louis Cardinals' Pete Kozma can't handle a throw as Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia slides into second during the first inning of Game 1 of baseba...

World Series Cardinals Red Sox Baseball

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright wipes his face during the second inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Boston R...

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St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran leaps to catch a long fly ball hit by Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz during the second inning of Game 1 of baseball'...

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright wipes his face as he pitches to Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli during the second inning of Game 1 o...

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Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz celebrates as he crosses home after hitting a two-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Se...

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Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Junichi Tazawa throws during the eighth inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wedn...

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St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay reacts after striking out, as Boston Red Sox's David Ross runs to the dugout during the eighth inning of Game 1 of baseba...

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Former Boston Red Sox player Kevin Millar, right, watches with singer Kenny Chesney, left, during the seventh inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Ser...

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St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday waits in the outfield during the seventh inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Boston Red Sox Wed...

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Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts, right, is congratulated by first base coach Arnie Beyeler (43) after his sacrifice fly during the eighth inning of G...

BOSTON (AP) -- Mike Napoli hit a three-run double right after umpires reversed a blown call and Jon Lester made an early lead stand up as the Boston Red Sox romped past the sloppy St. Louis Cardinals 8-1 on Wednesday in Game 1 of the World Series.

David Ortiz was robbed of a grand slam by Carlos Beltran -- a catch that sent the star right fielder to a hospital with bruised ribs -- but Big Papi later hit a two-run homer following third baseman David Freese's bad throw.

The Red Sox also capitalized on two errors by shortstop Pete Kozma to extend a Series winning streak that began when they swept St. Louis in 2004. Boston never trailed at any point in those four games and, thanks to this embarrassing display by the Cardinals, coasted on a rollicking night at Fenway Park.


Updated : 2021-03-08 06:51 GMT+08:00