ST. LOUIS — Jon Lester smothered St. Louis on four hits into the eighth, David Ross hit a tie-breaking RBI double in a two-run seventh inning off Adam Wainwright and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cardinals 3-1 Monday night to take a 3-2 World Series lead.
David Ortiz’s RBI double in the first put the Red Sox ahead until Matt Holliday hit his second home run of the Series in the fourth, ending a 16 1/3 inning Series scoreless streak for Lester dating to 2007.
In a rematch of the opener, won by the Red Sox 8-1, Lester again beat Wainwright, striking out seven and walking one in 7 2/3 innings. Koji Uehara got four outs to finish the four-hitter for his second save.
Boston can win its third title in a decade on Wednesday night, when the Series resumes at Fenway Park — where the Red Sox haven’t won a championship on their home field since 1918. John Lackey starts for Boston and rookie Michael Wachafor St. Louis in a rematch of Game 2, won by the Cardinals 4-2.
In the 42 previous times the Series has been tied 2-2, the Game 5 winner has gone on to take the title 27 times — but just three of the last 10.
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