BOSTON -- David Ortiz gathered the Boston Red Sox in the dugout at St. Louis during Game 4 of the World Series. The message was pretty simple.
"I'll tell you what he said," said Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes. "He said ‘Cue the duck boats.' "
One year after winning 69 games and finishing in last place in the American League East, the Boston Red Sox will get another duck boat parade in the city as World Series champions.
Shane Victorino returned to the lineup Wednesday night and his first hit of the World Series -- a three-run double -- was all John Lackey and the Red Sox needed as they closed out the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 before a jam-packed crowd at Fenway Park.
"[The key was] scoring more runs than them," said Gomes. "How we were going to do it, I don't know. Whether it was going to be a crazy throw down the line, or maybe some homers, just score more than they do."
The Sox got Victorino's three-run double and later had a solo home run by shortstop Stephen Drew to help provide the offense.
Closer Koji Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter to complete a 1-2-3 ninth inning and help the Red Sox win a title at home for the first time since 1918.
"I signed here because I wanted to win," said catcher David Ross. "There's a lot of talent and a lot of hard work that goes on around here."
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was named the World Series' most valuable player after hitting .688 with a .750 on-base percentage. Ortiz was walked four times, three intentionally, in the championship game. It was the first time any hitter had walked four times since Pittsburgh did it to Doug DeCinces of Baltimore in 1979.
"This World Series is special," said Ortiz. "It might be the most special out of all the World Series I've been in."
The winning pitcher was John Lackey, who was effective in keeping the Cardinals off the scoreboard.
In 6 2/3 innings, Lackey gave up only one run, on a seventh-inning single by Carlos Beltran. Lackey did give up nine hits, but he walked one and struck out eight. The Cardinals had runners in scoring position in four of Lackey's seven innings and the Cardinals were a pitiful 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
"It means a lot," said Lackey, when asked about winning the clinching game, "and it'll mean a lot more when I can go and party with my teammates."
The Red Sox got to St.. Louis' wunderkid starter Michael Wacha early, knocking the right-hander out after he gave up six runs in two innings, the third and the fourth.
Jacoby Ellsbury led off the third with a single to right and went to second on a broken-bat ground out by Dustin Pedroia.
St. Louis manager Mike Matheny, who had taken some grief for continuing to pitch to Ortiz, took the bat out of the Sox slugger's hand on Wednesday. The first intentional walk came in the third to set up a possible double play. Wacha struck out Mike Napoli and was a pitch away from getting out of the jam, but Wacha hit Gomes on a 1-0 pitch to load the bases.
Victorino came up and broke an 0-for-10 World Series slump by lining a double off the Green Monster. Ellsbury and Ortiz scored easily and Gomes beat a throw home to make it 3-0.
Boston added three more runs in the fourth. Drew, he of the .080 batting average, hit the first pitch of the inning into the bullpen for a 4-0 Red Sox lead. He and his brother J.D. are the only No. 8 hitters in Sox history to homer in the postseason.
The Sox weren't finished yet as they made it 6-0 on RBI singles by Napoli and Victorino.