The Boston Red Sox trounced the visiting Colorado Rockies 13-1 Wednesday in the first game of Major League Baseball's World Series championship.
The Red Sox dominated the game from the start, taking advantage of the Rockies' eight-day layoff. Pitcher Josh Beckett struck out the first four Colorado batters he faced, becoming the third pitcher in World Series history to accomplish the feat.
Beckett struck out a total of nine batters over seven innings, while giving up just one run and six hits.
Teammate Dustin Pedroia led off the first inning with a home run, as the Red Sox jumped out to a 3-0 lead. They went on to score a run in the second inning, two runs in the fourth, and seven runs in fifth.
The Rockies reached the World Series after winning 20 of their last 21 games, including a four-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League Championship Series, but looked rusty after their long layoff.
Game two of the best of seven series will be held Thursday in Boston.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.