The Colorado Rockies hadn't played a game in eight days and it showed as Boston beat Colorado 13-1 in Game 1 of the World Series.
Coupled with the long layoff, Josh Beckett had a stellar night, striking out eight and allowing five hits and one walk through six innings.
The Red Sox 13 runs are the most ever by one team in a World Series opener and the biggest victory margin. They had 17 hits, becoming the first club to hit eight doubles in a Series game since 1925. David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez and Julio Lugo had three hits apiece.
Boston rookie Dustin Pedroia hit a leadoff home run off Colorado's Jeff Francis in a three run first, and Beckett got off to the best World Series start since Sandy Koufax, striking out the side in the first and the leadoff man in the second.
Rockies starter Francis gave up six runs on 10 hits in his four innings.
Veteran Curt Schilling starts Game 2 Thursday night against Colorado rookie Ubaldo Jimenez.