Red Sox knock off Cards in 6 games

UPDATED OCT 30, 2013 11:47 PM ET


David OrtizShane Victorino and the Boston Red Sox closed in on yet another World Series championship, battering October ace Michael Wacha and taking a 6-0 lead through six innings Wednesday night in Game 6.

Fenway Park was rollicking, with the crowd standing from the very first pitch. Slumping Shane Victorino lined a three-run double off the Green Monster in the third, and the cheers, chants and singing only got louder after that.

Many fans paid over $1,000 per ticket for this night, knowing what was at stake — holding a 3-2 edge in the best-of-seven matchup, Boston was hoping to celebrate a championship on its own field for the first time since 1918.

Ortiz drew walks his first three times up, along with thunderous cries of “MVP! MVP!” He also scored twice, having reached base a whopping 18 times in 23 plate appearances.

John Lackey worked around six hits in blanking theCardinals. Both he and the Red Sox were no strangers to crowns.

Boston was aiming for its third title in 10 years. Lackey was trying to become the first pitcher to start and win a World Series clincher for two different teams, having led the Angels past Barry Bonds and the Giants in Game 7 in 2002 as a rookie.

Stephen Drew hit a solo home run that someone in a Red Sox jacket caught in the bullpen. Mike Napoli, back in the lineup with Ortiz returning to the DH slot, hit an RBI single into the “B Strong” cutout in the grass that pays tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

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