Boston Red Sox defeat St. Louis Cardinals, 4-1

ST. LOUIS -- It looks as if the planets really are aligned for the Red Sox this time.

A lunar eclipse is due to start less than an hour before the Sox and St. Louis Cardinals play the fourth game of the World Series tonight. If skies are clear, the moon over Busch Stadium will be blood red in the late innings.

There has never been a full lunar eclipse in the middle of a World Series game. Red October, indeed.

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ST. LOUIS -- A day after the 18th anniversary of Bill Buckner's fateful error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, the Red Sox knew they were battling history as well as the Cardinals last night, even as the folks back home planned a historic victory parade.

"Every time I see that ground ball rolling through the guy's legs, I turn the channel," first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz said. "I don't want to see that. It plays in your mind."

After all, the Sox seized a 2-0 lead...