Boston strong at home for 3rd World Series title in 10 years

WORLD SERIES GAME 6


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Series recap

Game 1: Boston 8, St. Louis 1

Game 2: St. Louis 4, Boston 2

Game 3: St. Louis 5, Boston 4

Game 4: Boston 4, St. Louis 2

Game 5: Boston 3, St. Louis 1

Game 6: Boston 6, St. Louis 1

BOSTON -- There hasn't been a party like this in New England for nearly a century. Turmoil to triumph. Worst to first.

David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox, baseball's bearded wonders, capped their remarkable turnaround by beating the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-1, in Game 6 Wednesday night at Fenway Park to win their third World Series championship in 10 seasons.

Shane Victorino, symbolic of these resilient Red Sox, returned from a stiff back and got Boston rolling with a three-run double off the Green Monster against rookie sensation Michael Wacha.

John Lackey became the third pitcher win a Series clincher for two different teams, allowing one run over 62/3 innings 11 years after his Game 7 victory as an Angels rookie in 2002.

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.

"I say I work inside a museum, but this is the loudest the museum's been in a long time," outfielder Jonny Gomes said.

And the Red Sox didn't have to fly the trophy home. For the first time since Babe Ruth's team in 1918, Boston won the title at Fenway Park.

The 101-year-old ballpark, oldest in the majors, was packed with 38,447 singing, shouting fans anticipating a celebration 95 years in the making.

There wasn't the cowboy-up comeback charm of "The Idiots" from 2004, who swept St. Louis to end an 86-year title drought. There wasn't that cool efficiency of the 2007 team that swept Colorado.

This time, they were Boston Strong -- playing for a city shaken by the marathon bombings in April.

After late-season slumps in 2010 and 2011, the embarrassing revelations of a chicken-and-beer clubhouse culture that contributed to the ouster of manager Terry Francona, and the daily tumult of Bobby Valentine's one-year flop, these Red Sox grew on fans.

Just like the long whiskers on the players' faces, starting with Gomes' scruffy spring training beard.

"As soon as we went to Fort Myers, the movie's already been written," Gomes said. "All we had to do was press play, and this is what happened."

Even slumping Stephen Drew delivered a big hit in Game 6, sending Wacha's first pitch of the fourth into the right-center bullpen.

By the time the inning was over, RBI singles by Mike Napoli and Victorino had made it 6-0.

And now, all over New England, from Connecticut's Housatonic River up to the Aroostook in Maine, Boston's eighth championship can be remembered for the beard-yanking bonding.

A "B Strong" logo was mowed into center-field grass at Fenway. "All those that were affected in the tragedy -- Boston Strong!" Victorino said.

Red, white and blue fireworks fired over the ballpark as MLB commissioner Bud Selig presented the World Series trophy to Red Sox owners John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino.

"It was an awesome atmosphere here [Wednesday night]," Lackey said.


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