BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz solved Michael Wacha's postseason spell, hitting a two-run homer over the Green Monster and the Boston Red Sox led the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 after six innings Thursday night in Game 2 of the World Series.
The Red Sox were trying for their 10th straight Series win and a commanding 2-0 lead in this matchup.
Wacha had already extended his scoreless streak to 18 2-3 innings — a record for a rookie in a single postseason — before Ortiz tagged him in the sixth.
A day after Ortiz homered after nearly hitting a grand slam earlier in an 8-1 romp, Big Papi delivered again. He connected for his fifth home run of this postseason and 17th of his career.
Dustin Pedroia drew a one-out walk and, with the Fenway Park crowd on its feet, Ortiz hit a full-count changeup over the wall in left-center field for a 2-1 edge. Ortiz acknowledged his faithful fans, emerging from the dugout for a curtain call.
It was just Boston's third hit off Wacha, the 22-year-old who had been dominating every team he'd faced in October. Wacha slammed his glove onto the bench when the inning ended.
Red Sox starter John Lackey worked around four hits in slowing the Cardinals. He pitched a day after turning 35 — it was his first Series start since 2002 when, as a rookie for the Angels, he beat Barry Bonds and San Francisco in Game 7.
Matt Holliday lined a leadoff triple into the oddly configured triangle in center field in the fourth and scored on Yadier Molina's chopper.
The Cardinals' 1-0 lead marked the first time they'd been ahead of the Red Sox in October for quite a while. Boston never trailed while sweeping St. Louis in the 2004 Series, and was ahead from the beginning Wednesday night.
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