Game 5 has been the quickest-paced game of the World Series so far, thanks mostly to the starting pitchers. Both Adam Wainwright and Jon Lester have been locked in, which is why the score remained 1-1 into the seventh inning.
The Red Sox broke through for two runs in the top of the seventh thanks to the bottom of the order. Wainwright struck out Daniel Nava to start the frame before Xander Bogaerts singled back up the middle and Stephen Drew drew a walk to put men at first and second with one out. Wainwright had David Ross in a two-strike count with the pitcher on deck, but he hung a curveball that the Boston catcher whacked for a ground rule double:
Jacoby Ellsbury followed with a bloop single to plate an insurance run, but Ross was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. Replays showed he was indeed out after it initially appeared he slid around the tag. Wainwright was over 100 pitches and the left-hander Kevin Siegrist was ready in the bullpen, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny stuck with his starter against Ellsbury and got burned. His slow hook has been a daily problem in the series, it seems.
The Red Sox are six outs away from taking a three games-to-two lead into Fenway Park for Game 6.