The Red Sox beat the Cardinals 3-1 in Game 5 and are just one win away from celebrating a World Series title at Fenway Park for the first time since 1918.

David Ross broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning when he roped a ground-rule double just inside the left field chalk to drive in Xander Bogaerts to give the Red Sox the lead. Ross nearly popped out in foul territory on the prior pitch, but the ball landed a few feet into the stands behind the plate. Bogaerts had singled to center and Stephen Drew -- who was 1-for-14 in the World Series -- walked before the Ross double.

Jacoby Ellsbury followed Ross and broke an 0-for-8 streak with a soft line drive single to center off Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright to drive in Drew with the Red Sox third run. Ross was gunned down at the plate by Shane Robinson on the play to end the inning. There was some buzz on social media claiming that Ross was safe on the play as Molina may not have gotten the tag down on Ross -- tough to tell with the tangled bodies at the scene.

In the fourth inning, Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday crushed a Jon Lester pitch to dead center with one out to tie the game at 1-1. Lester was hit hard during the inning as Carlos Beltran flied out to deep left and Yadier Molina scorched a line drive that was snagged by shortstop Stephen Drew.

"We played a little cleaner game but we just couldn't get anything going," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Lester shut us down.... there's some positives we can take out of the game. [Wainwright] pitched a great game."

Matheny spoke about the challenge of going back to Boston and staying alive.

"It starts with the mentality that it's a great challenge," he said. "We have to prove how tough we are mentally, after that it's all execution. We have to have Michael [Wacha] come out and pitch a great game. ...They have to lock arms and trust each other… not buy into any kind of odds, go out and play the game."

Lester had hurled 16-2/3 innings in the World Series before surrendering the run. He lasted 7-2/3 on the night, giving up four hits, the one run, no walks, and seven strikeouts on the night before giving way to Koji Uehara who came on for the four out save. Uehara fanned pinch-hitter Matt Adams on three splitters to end the eighth and got the Cardinals in order in the ninth to pick up the save.

With seven strikeouts on the night, Lester has fanned 33 batters this postseason. That's the second most by a Red Sox pitcher in a single postseason (Josh Beckett fanned 35 in 2007). Lester is first pitcher with multiple World Series starts of no more than one run since Curt Schilling and Roger Clemens acheived the feat in 2001. The last Red Sox pitcher to match that number was Jim Lonborg in 1967.

Lester is also the fifth pitcher in MLB history to allow one run run or fewer in each of his first three career World Series starts. The last was player to achieve the mark was the Cardinals Harry Brecheen from 1944-46.