David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Jon Lester were quite a combination for the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night.
Ortiz and Napoli drove in three runs apiece as Boston clobbered the St. Louis Cardinals 8-1 at Fenway Park. Ortiz hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly after Napoli put the Red Sox ahead with a three-run double in the first inning. Ortiz's got a sac-fly in the second inning and a home run five innings later. The two-run blast drove in Dustin Pedroia, who was 2-for-4 with an RBI single and two runs scored.
In baseball, Boston has fallen into a two-way tie for first with Tampa Bay in the American League East. Marco Scutaro worked out a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to push San Francisco past the Red Sox 3-2.
In the American League, the Yankees took a pair against Toronto. Chris Stewart hit a go-ahead three-run homer to help New York rally for an 8-4 win over Toronto in the first game of a doubleheader. Robinson Cano hit his 200th homer among four hits and drove in four runs as the Yankees handed the Blue Jays their record 10th straight loss in New York.
In baseball, Ryan Dempster plunked Alex Rodriguez with a pitch in the second inning of Boston's 9-6 loss to the New York Yankees, leading to the ejection of manager Joe Girardi. Dempster's first pitch of the at-bat went behind A-Rod's knees, and the next two were inside before the fourth hit Rodriguez. The benches and bullpens emptied following the plunking, but order was quickly restored without further incident.
Then Rodriguez got the better of Dempster four innings later, hitting his 649th career home run. It sparked a four-run rally that turned a 6-3 deficit into a 7-6 lead.