Molina's chopper, which went just over the head of Red Sox starter John Lackey, plated Matt Holliday, who led off the inning with a triple. It was Holliday's firs postseason three-bagger in his career, and only his eighth since he stopped playing his home games in the triple-friendly environment of Coors Field after the 2008 season.
The lead is the Cardinals' first in their last six World Series games against the Red Sox, dating back to 2004.
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