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Baseball: Boston celebrates as Red Sox win World Series at home for first time since 1918

The Boston Red Sox celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Six of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on Oct 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO: AFP
The Boston Red Sox celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Six of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on Oct 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO: AFP
Koji Uehara #19 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with David Ross #3 after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game Six of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on Oct 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  -- PHOTO: AFP
Koji Uehara #19 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with David Ross #3 after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game Six of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on Oct 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  -- PHOTO: AFP
Shane Victorino #18 of the Boston Red Sox rounds the bases after hitting a three run double in the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Six of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on Oct 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO
Shane Victorino #18 of the Boston Red Sox rounds the bases after hitting a three run double in the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Six of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on Oct 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO: AFP
The Boston Red Sox celebrate with the trophy after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game Six of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on Oct 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO: AFP 
The Boston Red Sox celebrate with the trophy after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game Six of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on Oct 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO: AFP 
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina looks back as home plate umpire Jim Joyce calls Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes safe on a three-run double by Shane Victorino during the third inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series on Wednesday, Oct 30, 20
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina looks back as home plate umpire Jim Joyce calls Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes safe on a three-run double by Shane Victorino during the third inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series on Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013, in Boston. -- PHOTO: AP 
Shane Victorino #18 of the Boston Red Sox hits a three run double in the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Six of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on Oct 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Shane Victorino #18 of the Boston Red Sox hits a three run double in the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Six of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on Oct 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO: AFP 

BOSTON (REUTERS) - The Boston Red Sox completed a rousing run from a last-place finish to top of the baseball universe by routing the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 on Wednesday to win the World Series.

The emphatic victory gave the Red Sox a 4-2 triumph in the best-of-seven Fall Classic for their third Major League Baseball championship in 10 seasons, starting the surge when they ended an 86-year title drought with their 2004 sweep of the Cardinals.

Shane Victorino, back in the lineup after missing two games with a stiff back, led the way with a three-run double in the third and a bases-loaded single in the fourth for four runs batted in. Closer Koji Uehara retired Matt Carpenter for the final out, setting off wild celebrations on the field and in the stands for the first World Series clinched in front of the home fans at Fenway Park since their 1918 championship.

It was an emotional climax for a team that had finished last in the American League East in 2012 with a 69-93 record, and had vowed to "B strong" in solidarity with a city shaken by deadly bomb attacks at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April.