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    Red Sox Smack Cardinals

    Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, below right, celebrate with teammates as the Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 in Game 6 of the American League baseball championship series on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Elise Amendola/AP

    Boy, was that ugly to watch. The Red Sox have now won nine straight World Series games after pummeling the Cardinals 8-1 Wednesday night. The Sox opened the game with three runs in the first inning by capitalizing on a rare Cardinals error, and never looked back, later adding a home run by David Ortiz ("Big Papi"). Red Sox lefty Jon Lester dominated the Cardinals lineup, striking out eight in seven and two-thirds innings. Adding injury to insult, the Cardinals also lost right fielder Carlos Beltran to bruised ribs in the second inning while robbing Ortiz of a grand slam.

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