Red Sox manager John Farrell was pleased with his team's patience in an 8-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday night.

"I think once again we were able to go into the game with our approach" Farrell said of his offense. "I thought we had a lot of quality at bats that we were able to build some pitch counts against [Adam] Wainwright."

Wainwright walked just 35 batters vs. 219 strikeouts on the season but he walked Jacoby Ellsbury to lead off the bottom of the first inning Wednesday. The Cardinals starter threw 31 pitches in the first inning in part because the defense behind him wasn't sharp and in part because his stuff wasn't sharp either.

"Everything I threw tonight was pretty garbage" said Wainwright.

The Sox scored three runs in the first inning and two in the second inning to set the tone for the game and as has been the case lately first baseman Mike Napoli was at the center of it. Napoli's three-run double got the scoring started.

"I had the bases loaded" said Napoli. "I'm just trying to get a ball up into the air in the outfield in that situation.Got myself into a good hitter's count and got a pitch I could handle to drive out there."