For the first time since Game 5 of the 1975 World Series, the Boston Red Sox found themselves in a 2-2 tie with a St. Louis Cardinals. Despite a tied series, Boston followed up their Game 4 late innings heroics with another one on Monday night to take a 3-2 series lead back to Boston.
With a 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh inning Red Sox catcher David Ross, who has struggled with two concussions and with the bat this season, came through with an RBI double that score Xander Bogaerts to give the Red Sox a 2-1. Boston would tack on another run that inning.
In what has been a bounce back year for Jon Lester, Game 5 was another reason why the team has had so much success in the postseason. Lester went 7 2/3 innings of one run ball while striking out seven Cardinals.
Closer Koji Uehara come on in for an inning and one-third and got his second save of the World Series and striking out two.
Despite striking out 14 times as a team the Red Sox have come up big offensively in this World Series when needed in different ways. It’s not every year, which this team has come up this big in close games in the postseason and is now within one game of winning another championship for first time since 2007.
Looking Ahead: Game 6 will see John Lackey face off against the Cardinals Michael Wacha, who dominated Boston in Game 2. If the Red Sox win tomorrow night, it will the first time since September 11th, 1918 that the team has won the World Series at home. That year, they won it against the Chicago Cubs in six games. First pitch is scheduled for 8:07 pm ET on FOX.