Sox notes: World Series winning streak reaches 9

Sox notes: World Series winning streak reaches 9
October 24, 2013, 3:45 am
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GAME 1: RED SOX 8, CARDINALS 1

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BOSTON – With their 8-1 victory over the Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday night at Fenway Park, the Red Sox have now won nine straight World Series games. That streak is tied with the Reds, from 1975-1990, for fourth-longest in World Series history.  The Yankees hold the top three winning streaks.
 
The Sox last World Series loss was in Game 7 in 1986.
 
The winner of Game 1 has gone on to win the Series 67 times, or 62 percent of the time.  That has been the case in nine of the past 10 Series, and 14 of the last 16 since 1997. The two exceptions were 2002 when the Giants beat the Angels, and 2009 when the Yankees beat the Phillies.
 
Since 1993 every home team to win Game 1 has gone on to win the Series. The last home team to win Game 1 but lose the Series came in 1992 when the Braves beat the Blue Jays in the opener then lost the Series in six games.
 
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The Sox seven-run win was the largest margin of victory in a World Series Game 1 since the Red Sox beat the Rockies 13-1 in 2007.

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With their three-run first inning, this is their third straight World Series scoring at least three runs in the first inning of Game 1.

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The Sox are  7-0 in postseason games when Jonny Gomes starts.

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Daniel Nava had a pinch-hit double in the eighth, just the sixth pinch-hit double in a World Series game since 2000.

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Xander Bogaerts, who started at third base and turned 21 on Oct. 1, became the 17th-youngest position player in World Series history. He is the youngest player overall since 20-year-old Miguel Cabrera for the Marlins in 2003.

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Stephen Drew’s second-inning single snapped a string of 11 straight at-bats without a hit, since Game 3 of the ALDS. He had been 2-for-29, batting .069, in that span.