Red Red Sox edge Cards, take 3-2 lead in Fall Classic

Boston 3 St. Louis 1

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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Rays stay alive, beat Red Sox 5-4

Do not count the Rays out yet

ST. PETERSBURG — Jose Lobaton hit a walk-off homer in the ninth to give the Rays a 5-4 win over the Red Sox in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.

The blast came with two outs off Red Sox closer Koji Uehara and forced a Game 4, which will be played Tuesday night at Tropicana Field at 8:30 ET on TBS.

The home run was Lobaton’s third walk-off hit of the season and the Rays’ 14th, and it couldn’t have come at a better time after Fernando Rodney blew a one-run lead in the top half of the inning on a night that saw the Rays come back from an early three-run deficit.

“I was looking for something soft,” Lobaton said. “He threw it to me in a good spot, and I just hit it pretty good.”

Evan Longoria’s dramatic three-run homer off Clay Buchholz in the bottom of the fifth tied the score and set the table for the comeback. Until that point it had been all Red Sox.