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Boston Red Sox close in on World Series

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Lester inspired the win. (©GettyImages)
Lester inspired the win. (©GettyImages).

Boston Red Sox moved to within one win of clinching the World Series after beating the St Louis Cardinals 3-1 in Game 5.

Boston will now go back to Fenway Park for the final two ties in the seven game series knowing just one win will seal a third title in 10 years.

The victory can be mainly accredited to Jon Lester, who's inspired pitching outperformed his Cardinals counterpart Adam Wainwright.

Lester's trademark cutter allowed St Louis just four hits whilst striking out a total of seven batters in the Busch Stadium.

Wainwright stood strong for six innings before the seventh when David Ross' double and Jacoby Ellsbury's base hit allowed Xander Bogaerts and Stephen Drew to reach base for two runs.

The Red Sox veteran David Ortiz had originally got Boston off to a great start in the first after his double allowed Dustin Pedroia to touch home.

Ortiz later got on to first base - the ninth time in succession he has done so - equaling a World Series record.

Cardinals' Matt Holliday scored a single Home Run to tie the game at 11 in the fourth, but that was the only score they could muster.

Lester closed the Cardinals down whilst Koji Uehara closed with four outs.

On his performance, Lester told reporters:  "It doesn't matter how many games at this stage you play, your nerves are going, your heart rate is going.

"It's a matter of realising it's baseball - fastball down and away - in game five of the World Series, that is just as effective as 1 February."

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