Inspired by the tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon and a sense of unity, the Red Sox would go from being the sixth-worst team in baseball to finish 97-65 and overcome one of the most controversial calls in post-season history in Game three to claim their third World Series title since 2004.
Fueled by the return of Shane Victorino, from a back injury, went 2-of-3 with a double and four runs batted in, and Boston would ride the solid pitching of John Lackey, who went 6 2/3 innings, allowed nine hits, one earned run, one walk and five strikeouts.
Lackey would also become the third pitcher to win multiple World Series clinching games with two different teams, as he also won in his rookie year in 2002 with the Anaheim Angels.
37-year-old Red Sox DH David Ortiz would become the third-oldest player in history to be named World Series MVP in batting .688 (11-for-16) , two home runs, six RBI’s and eight walks and a .760 on-base percentage in 25 plate appearances.
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