Did you know? World Series Game 5: BOS 3, STL 1

Did you know? World Series Game 5: BOS 3, STL 1

Did you know? World Series Game 5: BOS 3, STL 1

A look at some notable facts and figures from the Boston Red Sox's 3-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the World Series at Busch Stadium on Monday night.

• The Red Sox improved to 8-2 in Game 5 of World Series.

• Boston can clinch the World Series title with a Game 6 win on Wednesday at Fenway Park. It would be the first time the Red Sox won a World Series at Fenway Park since 1918.

Jon Lester pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing one run while lowering his ERA to 1.56 in five starts this postseason. He is the first pitcher with multiple World Series starts in which he allowed no more than one run since Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling did it for the Yankees and D-backs, respectively, in 2001.

David Ortiz was 3-for-4 in Game 5 and is 11-for-15 (.733) in the World Series. The record for most hits during a World Series is 13, held by Marty Barrett, Lou Brock and Bobby Richardson. The highest batting average in a World Series is .750 by Billy Hatcher with the A's in 1990.

Koji comes up clutch
Most saves in one postseason
Rank Player Team Year Saves
1. (tie) Koji Uehara Red Sox 2013 7
1. (tie) Brad Lidge Phillies 2008 7
1. (tie) Robb Nen Giants 2002 7
1. (tie) Troy Percival Angels 2002 7
1. (tie) John Wetteland Yankees 1996 7
6. (tie) Neftali Feliz Rangers 2011 6
6. (tie) Brian Wilson Giants 2010 6
6. (tie) Mariano Rivera Yankees 2000 6
6. (tie) Mariano Rivera Yankees 1999 6
6. (tie) Mariano Rivera Yankees 1998 6
6. (tie) Rich Gossage Yankees 1981 6
12. (tie) Jason Motte Cardinals 2011 5
12. (tie) Mariano Rivera Yankees 2009 5
12. (tie) Manny Corpas Rockies 2007 5
12. (tie) Mariano Rivera Yankees 2003 5
12. (tie) Mariano Rivera Yankees 2001 5
12. (tie) Mark Wohlers Braves 1996 5
12. (tie) Mark Wohlers Braves 1995 5
12. (tie) Tom Henke Blue Jays 1992 5
12. (tie) Rick Aguilera Twins 1991 5

• Ortiz lined out in the sixth inning, ending his streak of reaching base in a record-tying nine consecutive plate appearances. Two others have reached base in nine straight World Series plate appearances: Joe Gordon (1939-41) and Billy Hatcher (1990).

Xander Bogaerts, 21, is the youngest player with at least five hits in a World Series since Andruw Jones, who was 19 in the 1996 World Series.

• Koji Uehara tied the record for most saves in a single postseason as he collected his seventh, getting four outs to do so.

• The Red Sox struck out 14 times, pushing their postseason-record total to 156.

Jacoby Ellsbury had an RBI single in the seventh inning to break an 0-for-8 skid at the plate.

Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. He's pitched 35 postseason innings while posting a 2.57 ERA. Wainwright also became the third pitcher in history to strike out 10 Red Sox in a World Series game.

Allen Craig started at first base for the first time this World Series and went 0-for-3. It was the first Fall Classic game in which he failed to record a hit.

• The Cardinals, who led baseball with a .330 average with runners in scoring position during the season, were 0-for-4 in such situations on Monday night.

• The Red Sox needed just 106 pitches over nine innings, compared to 135 pitches needed by the Cards. Matt Carpenter went 0-for-4 out of the leadoff spot, but he led the team by seeing 18 pitches in four at-bats.

Jason Mastrodonato is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jmastrodonato. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.