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The Boston Red Sox capped an improbable worst-to-first 2013 Wednesday night with a World Series-clinching 6-1 win over the National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals.
Led by series Most Valuable Player David Ortiz, who batted an astounding .688 in the six games, and starting pitcher Jon Lester, who won both of his starts and allowed just a single earned run in 15.1 innings of work, the Red Sox overcame a .233 team batting average to earn their third world championship since 2004.
The 2004 win ended a drought of 86 years without a World Series trophy for Boston, but both it and the 2007 World Series were clinched on the road in St. Louis and Colorado, respectively.