Boston, which once longed for a World Series championship, now has three in the past 10 seasons

The Red Sox beat St. Louis 6-1 in Game 6 on Wednesday night to clinch the World Series for the first time at Fenway Park since 1918. Shane Victorino hit a three-run double off the Green Monster, and against Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha in the bottom of the third, and drove in another run on a single to complete a three-run fourth.

John Lackey won a World Series-clinching game for the second time in his career after doing it as a rookie with the Angels in 2002. And Koji Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter to end the game.

Boston won the last three games of the Series after falling behind 2-1.

David Ortiz was named the Series MVP after going 11-for-16 for a .688 average, with two home runs, six RBIs and eight walks. He had a .760 on-base percentage.

“We have a lot of players with heart,” Ortiz said. “We probably don’t have the talent that we had in ‘07 and ‘04, but we have guys that are capable (of staying) focused and (doing) the little things.”

The Red Sox joined the 1991 Minnesota Twins as the only teams to win a World Series one year after finishing in last place.

It was a disappointing finish for Wacha, who came into the game with a 4-0 record and 1.00 ERA in the postseason. He allowed six runs on five hits and four walks in just 3 2/3 innings.

“I just made too many mistakes,” Wacha said. “It doesn’t matter how hard you’re throwing if you can’t locate it.”

The Cardinals had a remarkable season, winning the NL Central by three games over Pittsburgh, beating the Pirates 3-2 in games to win the Divisional Series and topping the Dodgers in six games to win the NLCS.

“There were some frustrated guys in there, but overall you can’t ask us to go about it any better than how our guys did,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “Not too many people expected us to do what we did.”

Series Facts:

* Boston’s offense finished with the second-lowest batting average by a Series winner since 1969 at .211, the same average as the 1974 Oakland Athletics, and two points more than the 1972 A’s.

* Cardinals starter Michael Wacha, 22, came into Game 6 at 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in the postseason, but allowed six runs, five hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings against the Red Sox.

* St. Louis third baseman David Freese, the 2011 World Series MVP, hit just .158 (3-for-19) with no RBIs.

* Koji Uehara is the first Japanese-born pitcher to get the final out of a World Series clincher.

* Oritz’s eight walks set a team record for a World Series, breaking Carlton Fisks’ mark of seven in 1975.

* The Red Sox finished with a 1.84 team ERA in the Series, the lowest by an AL team in one World Series since the 1983 Baltimore Orioles.

* Shane Victorino is the third player with two hits with the bases loaded in a single World Series.

* Carlos Beltran had no home runs and three RBIs for the Cardinals in the World Series after hitting two homers with 12 RBIs in the NLDS and NLCS. Beltran is the fourth NL player with 40 career postseason RBI, joining Albert Pujols (52), Chipper Jones (47) and Jim Edmonds (42).

Diamond Notes: The Detroit Tigers have hired Brad Ausmus as their new manager. Ausmus, 44, is a former major league catcher who worked in the San Diego Padres’ front office as a special assistant to the general manager…Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants parted ways on Saturday. The Giants did not pick up Zito’s $18 million option for next season. Zito, 35, was 63-80 with a 4.62 ERA with the Giants. He won Game 1 of the 2012 World Series for the Giants, and was the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner with the Oakland A’s.

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