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October 26, 2013

We’ve got ourselves a World Series

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox World Series Domination Tour ended abruptly Thursday night at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox fell one victory short of a 10-game winning streak in the World Series, which would have tied them with the 1927 Yankees for the third longest streak in the history of the Fall Classic.

The Sox were thumped, 4-2, Thursday in Game 2 of the 2013 World Series.

Everything, it appeared, had finally fallen into place, which has seemed to happen even during the most dire of moments this October.

David Ortiz — of course! — hit his 17th career post-season home run over The Green Monster, putting the Red Sox ahead, 2-1, in the bottom of the sixth inning.

It was another game the Red Sox outlasted a super-uber pitcher, this time 22-year-old St. Louis Cardinal Michael Wacha.

While Wacha dominated the Red Sox on the scoresheet before Ortiz’s blast, allowing only two hits, the Sox eventually ground out 114 pitches in just six innings.

But unlike any time during this post-season, your Red Sox fell apart.

It started with Red Sox starter John Lackey, who was again outstanding through six innings, allowing only one run. But he allowed a walk and single before handing the ball over to reliable lefty reliever Craig Breslow, who oversaw the worst half-inning of the post-season.

Three runs, two hits, a double steal, two errors and one walk later and the Red Sox have now got themselves a World Series.

The beneficiary of the Cardinals immediate answer to Ortiz’s homer was the talented Wacha, who has only been with team since early August.

“That’s the reason that they’re here right now,” said Wacha. “They never lose the fight, no matter what the score is, they always come in. They make plays behind you. It’s so much fun pitching out there.”

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