Boston overwhelmed the mistake-prone St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday night.
The Red Sox rolled to an 8-1 win, with all of their runs scoring after a Cardinals mistake: Errors in the first, second and seventh, and a wild pitch in the eighth.
"We had a wake-up call," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "That is not the kind of team that we've been all season. And they're frustrated. I'm sure embarrassed, to a point.
"We get an opportunity to show the kind of baseball we played all season long, and it didn't look anything like what we saw tonight."
The lone Cardinal run came on Matt Holliday's leadoff homer in the ninth, with the outcome no longer in doubt.
Mike Napoli hit a three-run double off Adam Wainwright in the first inning, and the Red Sox scored twice in the second as St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran had to leave the game with a right rib contusion.
Beltran, who was hurt when he hit the right field wall as he robbed David Ortiz of a grand slam, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for X-rays. The X-rays were negative, according to media reports, which also indicated a rib contusion.
Matheny said Beltran would be re-evalulated Thursday and is day-to-day.
Ortiz, who wound up with a sacrifice fly after Beltran's play, later hit a two-run homer in the seventh.
"We've got some momentum now," Ortiz said before he was asked about Beltran's runs-saving play. "At least we got an RBI, and it was a good situation. We were up by four and we continued our momentum."
St. Louis players made three errors, and each figured in the Boston's run-scoring innings, in the first, second and seventh.
Napoli's hit in the first came after shortstop Pete Kozma's error let the Red Sox load the bases against Wainwright.
Kozma's error came when he dropped a throw from Matt Carpenter attempting a one-out forceout at second base.
Wainwright had walked Jacoby Ellsbury to open the inning. With one out, Dustin Pedroia singled to center. Ortiz rolled softly to Carpenter, whose lob to Kozma at second clanked off the front of his glove.
Second base umpire Dana DeMuth incorrectly ruled Kozma had caught the ball for the out, and then dropped it when transferring it to his throwing hand. After a conference with the rest of the umpires, crew chief John Hirschbeck reversed the call, loading the bases for Napoli.
"There's five of us out here, OK?" Hirschbeck told Matheny in a conversation caught on a Fox microphone. "And all five of us say we're 100 percent sure that that was not a catch. Our job is to get it right."
After Matheny gave up his beef, Wainwright's third pitch to Napoli was knocked into left center as Ellsbury, Pedroia and Ortiz scored.
The Cardinals were their own worst enemy again in the second, when Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina let Stephen Drew's towering popup fall between them in front of the pitcher's mound.
He came around to score on Pedroia's RBI single after a hit by David Ross and Kozma's second error on a grounder by Shane Victorino.
Beltran robbed Ortiz of a grand slam when he reached over the wall to snag his long drive, but the play counted as a sacrifice fly as Ross trotted home.
Beltran hurt himself on the play, smacking into the wall with his right arm and shoulder pressed against his body. He left in favor of Jon Jay, who took over in center field in the third as Shane Robinson moved to right.
There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury, with Game 2 scheduled for 7:07 p.m. Thursday at Fenway Park.
Ortiz sent a pitch from Kevin Siegrist beyond the reach of the Cardinals outfielders in the seventh, homering beyond the right-field Boston bullpen. The homer came after David Freese's throwing error extended the inning.
A wild pitch by Cardinals reliever Carlos Martinez led to the final Boston run: After a double by Jonny Gomes, Martinez' pitch in the dirt sent him to third, where he scored on a sacrifice fly by Xander Bogaerts to left.
Wainwright left after five innings, allowing six hits and five runs (three earned) with one walk and four strikeouts. He threw 95 pitches, 62 of them strikes.
"I thought he got better as he went (along)," Matheny said. "We absolutely gave up too many bases, gave too many opportunities.
"And extra outs in situations like this against teams like this, they're going to kill you. And that's what happened tonight."
Lester allowed five hits in 7 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out eight.
In Game 2, Cardinals rookie right-hander Michael Wacha (3-0, 0.43 ERA this postseason) will faced Red Sox right-hander John Lackey (2-0, 3.00 ERA this postseason).