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Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli hits a three-run double against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning during Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday at Fenway Park in Boston. Reuters

World Series: Boston takes Game 1 over Cards

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BOSTON — The World Series got off to as poor a start as possible for the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Red Sox jumped to a 5-0 lead after two innings, Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran exited in the third due to a right rib contusion, and Boston cruised to an 8-1 rout in the series opener Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

Jon Lester pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings, and Mike Napoli and David Ortiz drove in three runs each to lead the Red Sox.

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