• Boston joined the 1991 Twins as the only teams to win a World Series in the season following a last-place finish.
• The last time the Sox clinched the World Series at Fenway Park was in 1918, a 2-1 victory over the Cubs in Game 6.
• St. Louis is now 11-8 in World Series.
• John Lackey, Boston's Game 6 starter, became the first pitcher to start and win a clinching game in the World Series with two teams. Pitching for the Angels as a rookie in 2002, he won Game 7 of the Fall Classic.
• The Cardinals left nine runners on base Wednesday and stranded a total of 43 in six World Series games.
• With a three-run double in the third inning, Shane Victorino is now 6-for-8 with a Major League-record 20 RBIs with the bases loaded in his postseason career. His four RBIs tied a career best in the postseason.
Most bases-loaded RBIs in postseason history
• Cards rookie Michael Wacha fanned five batters, setting the postseason rookie record at 33.
• Wacha's 3 2/3 innings was the shortest outing by a Cardinals starter this October.
• World Series MVP David Ortiz drew four walks Wednesday and finished the series with a .688 (11-for-16) average. He is now 20-for-44 (.454) all time in World Series play, which is tops among players with at least 50 plate appearances in the Fall Classic.
• St. Louis rookie closer Trevor Rosenthal has tossed 21 1/3 scoreless postseason innings in his career. He has allowed just six hits and six walks with 34 strikeouts.
• John Farrell is the fourth manager to win the World Series during his first year with the Red Sox, joining Terry Francona (2004), Ed Barrow (1918) and Jake Stahl (1912). He is the sixth Boston skipper to win a title.
• Rookie left-hander Kevin Siegrist became the first Cards pitcher to strike out Ortiz during the World Series. It was the first strikeout for Ortiz in 10 postseason games.
• The Cardinals set a postseason record with 67 innings pitched by rookies.
• Boston's 6-0 lead after the fourth inning was the largest a club has held in a World Series clincher since Oakland led San Francisco, 7-0, after five innings in Game 4 of the 1989 Fall Classic.
• Allen Craig hit .700 (7-for-10) with 20 RBIs with the bases loaded in the regular season, but came up short with the bags full in the seventh inning.
• The Cards finished the postseason with a .204 average (110-for-487), which is the second-worst mark among this year's playoff teams. Only Cincinnati posted a lower average (.188), while playing in just one playoff game.
Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.