Boston broke a 1-1 tie with a pair of seventh-inning runs to support another brilliant outing by starter Jon Lester in a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday that put the Red Sox on the brink of winning the World Series.
The victory gave the Red Sox a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven with a chance to clinch the Major League Baseball crown with a win at Boston's Fenway Park in Game Six on Wednesday.
A ground-rule double by catcher David Ross plated one run and a single by centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury knocked in another off St. Louis starter and loser Adam Wainwright to swing the balance in the seventh.
Lester, who threw 7-2/3 shutout innings in picking up the win in the series opener, went the same distance on Monday, yielding one run on four hits, striking out seven with no walks. Closer Koji Uehara came on to finish, registering a four-out save.