10/25/07 12:08 AM ET
Red Sox Short Hops: Game 1
Seven-run fifth inning more than enough for Beckett to win
By Jason Beck / MLB.com
Runaway. While Josh Beckett kept the Rockies' offense contained, the Red Sox cranked out doubles galore. A seven-run fifth inning turned this game lopsided. Frozen moment
Dustin Pedroia's leadoff drive bounced off the top of the Green Monster for a home run to start the Red Sox's scoring machine in the bottom of the first inning. It was quite a loft shot, and it propelled a three-run first inning that gave Boston a lead it would never relinquish. Big number
8 -- Doubles by the Red Sox, tying a World Series single-game record last achieved by the 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates. They tied the mark by the end of the fifth inning. Game balls
Not until the sixth inning, when Ramirez had his fifth plate appearance of the game, did the Rockies finally keep the left fielder off base. He had a pair of RBI singles and an opposite-field double to go with an intentional walk and three runs scored. He has reached base safely in better than 60 percent of his plate appearances this postseason.
True, it doesn't take much to win a game like this, but Beckett's dominance goes overlooked in such a lopsided win. Too bad, because his stuff was quite a display. He flat-out overpowered Rockies hitters the first time through the order before dropping in his curveball for strikes from there on out. A fifth-inning lapse in command was the only real moment when he didn't look in control of this game.
It was a team performance offensively, but Ortiz centered three solid line drives that resulted in two RBIs and two runs scored. It was his opposite-field single that started the two-out rally in a two-run fourth inning that provided Boston its cushion before pulling away in the fifth.
Sense of October
It was raining, it was cold, and it was a game in which the result was known by the end of the fifth. Still, barely anybody at Fenway Park was leaving for drier, warmer shelter. They were soaking in the World Series atmosphere, literally.
5 AB, 2 H, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R
Comment: Youkilis came around to score every time he reached base, including his walk in the second inning, when he dug his way out of an 0-2 count.
7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 Ks
Comment: Ryan Spilborghs reached three three-ball counts against him. The rest of the Rockies' lineup did it twice.
"I was just trying to get around and touch home. I didn't know if it went out. I thought it hit under that line. I was trying to trick them, but I guess it did [go out]." -- Pedroia, on his home run
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.