Red Sox ace Lester proves himself with another World Series gem

Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:11am EDT
 
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By Larry Fine

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Missouri is known as the 'Show Me' state, and Boston's Jon Lester did just that, shooting down an accusation he had cheated in his Game One victory over the St. Louis Cardinals with another impressive World Series performance on Monday.

Under close scrutiny after a Cardinals' minor leaguer posted a picture and accusation on Twitter the Red Sox lefthander had used an illegal substance to improve the movement of his pitches, Lester pitched the Red Sox to a 3-1 win that gave Boston a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Lester, who denied he had cheated, silenced the Busch Stadium crowd by putting the Red Sox within one win of the title with the series shifting to Boston on Wednesday.

"I was just really try not to screw it up for the rest of the guys," he said in deflecting credit for his 7-2/3 innings of one-run pitching with just four hits allowed. "Just try to keep my team in the ballgame.

"We know who we are going up against. They're going to pitch us tough and their bullpen is tough, as well.

"Just really try to keep them in the ballgame as best you can, and hopefully these guys can score some runs for me.

"You don't want to let those guys down. And we're all trying to pull on the same rope and get to one common goal. And that's what makes this team pretty special."

The only run for the Cardinals came on a fourth-inning home run by Matt Holliday that tied the game 1-1 before a Red Sox rally produced two runs in the seventh.   Continued...

 
Oct 28, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester (left) reacts after giving up a home run to St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) during the fourth inning of game five of the MLB baseball World Series at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports