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(St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha throws during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham, Pool) )
Wacha, Cards top Red Sox 4-2 to tie World Series
World Series » Rookie has a solid outing as St. Louis ties up Boston.
First Published Oct 24 2013 10:52 pm • Last Updated Feb 14 2014 11:36 pm

Boston • Just when it seemed Michael Wacha had cracked, the St. Louis Cardinals began scooting around the bases and tied the World Series.

Wacha beat John Lackey in a matchup of present and past rookie sensations, and this time it was the Cardinals’ turn to take advantage of sloppy fielding as St. Louis topped the Boston Red Sox 4-2 Thursday night to even the Series at a game apiece.

At a glance

Cardinals 4, Red Sox 2

O Though St. Louis starter Michael Wacha sees his postseason scoreless innings streak snapped, he’s strong enough to hold off Boston.

» David Ortiz’s two-run homer in the sixth gives Boston a brief lead, but the Cards take it back with a three-run seventh.

Cardinals 4, Red Sox 2

St. Louis AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

M.Crpenter 2b 4 0 0 1 0 1 .125

Beltran rf 4 0 2 1 0 0 .400

Holliday lf 4 1 1 0 0 2 .375

Ma.Adams 1b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .125

Y.Molina c 4 0 1 1 0 0 .250

Craig dh 3 0 1 0 1 1 .286

Freese 3b 2 0 0 0 1 1 .167

1-Kozma pr-ss 1 1 0 0 0 0 .000

Jay cf 4 1 1 0 0 0 .167

Descalso ss-3b 3 1 0 0 1 1 .000

Totals 33 4 7 3 3 6

Boston AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Ellsbury cf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .143

Victorino rf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .000

Pedroia 2b 3 1 1 0 1 2 .429

D.Ortiz dh 3 1 2 2 1 0 .667

Napoli 1b 3 0 0 0 1 1 .143

J.Gomes lf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .000

Sltalamacchia c 3 0 0 0 1 2 .000

Drew ss 3 0 0 0 0 1 .143

a-Nava ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .500

Bogaerts 3b 3 0 0 0 0 2 .000

Totals 31 2 4 2 4 12

St. Louis 000 100 300 — 4 7 1

Boston 000 002 000 — 2 4 2

a-struck out for Drew in the 9th.

1-ran for Freese in the 7th.

E—M.Carpenter (1), Breslow (1), Saltalamacchia (1).

LOB—St. Louis 6, Boston 6. 2B—Pedroia (1). 3B—Holliday (1). HR—D.Ortiz (2), off Wacha. RBIs—M.Carpenter (1), Beltran (1), Y.Molina (1), D.Ortiz 2 (5). SB—Kozma (1), Jay (1). SF—M.Carpenter.

Runners left in scoring position—Boston 2 (J.Gomes, Napoli). RISP—St. Louis 1 for 3 Boston 0 for 3.

Runners moved up—Y.Molina. GIDP—Napoli.

DP—St. Louis 1 (Descalso, M.Carpenter, Ma.Adams).

St. Louis IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Wacha W, 1-0 6 3 2 2 4 6 3.00

Ca.Martinez 2 1 0 0 0 3 3.00

Rosenthal S, 1-1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.00

Boston IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Lackey L, 0-1 61⁄3 5 3 3 2 6 4.26

Breslow BS, 1-1 1⁄3 1 1 0 1 0 0.00

Tazawa 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Workman 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.00

Uehara 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Inherited runners-scored—Breslow 2-2, Tazawa 1-0.

Umpires—Home, Mark Wegner First, Dana DeMuth Second, Paul Emmel Third, Bill Miller Right, John Hirschbeck Left, Jim Joyce.

T—3:05. A—38,436 (37,499).

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David Ortiz put Boston ahead in the sixth inning with a two-run homer just over the Green Monster in left, ending Wacha’s scoreless streak at 18 2-3 innings — a rookie record for a single postseason.

But then Lackey, who in 2002 with the Angels became the first rookie in 93 years to win a World Series seventh game, faltered in a three-run seventh. St. Louis went ahead when Matt Carpenter hit a sacrifice fly that led to a pair of runs, with the second scoring on errors by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and reliever Craig Breslow.

Carlos Beltran, back in the lineup after bruising ribs in the opener, followed with an RBI single.

"I wanted to be in the lineup. I worked so hard to get to this point," Beltran said. "Somebody would have to kill me in order for me to get out of the lineup."

When the Series resumes Saturday night in St. Louis, Jake Peavy starts for the Red Sox and Joe Kelly for the Cardinals. Twenty-nine of the previous 55 teams that won Game 2 to tie the Series went on to take the title.

"Excited to get home. I know everybody is," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said.

Wacha, a 22-year-old right-hander, was the NL championship series MVP after beating Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw twice. Wacha wasn’t quite as sharp in this one, allowing two runs, three hits and four walks in six innings with six strikeouts.

He threw a career-high 114 pitches, and when he reached the dugout after Ortiz’s homer, he slammed his glove onto the bench.


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Still, the rookie improved to 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in four outings this postseason, matching the amount of regular-season wins he has in his brief career.

"He pitched outstanding," Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said. "Just one pitch, to a great hitter like Big Papi. We take our hat off to him, but I mean, he pitched good tonight."

Wacha’s parents and sister made the trip from Texarkana, Texas, and sat bundled in cold-weather clothes in the stands to watch the 19th pick in last year’s amateur draft.

The Cardinals’ hard-throwing bullpen combined for one-hit relief. Carlos Martinez got six outs, retiring Mike Napoli on an inning-ending popup with two on in the eighth. Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the ninth for a save, whiffing Daniel Nava with a 99 mph fastball to end it.

All three St. Louis pitchers were 23 or younger.

"It doesn’t surprise me. Those guys got talent," Molina said. "Like I said before many times, they’re not afraid to pitch."

Seeking its second championship title in three seasons, St. Louis improved to 7-0 this postseason when scoring first and stopped Boston’s World Series winning streak at nine.

That run began with a sweep of the Cardinals in 2004, when St. Louis never led the entire Series.

A night after the Cardinals made three errors in the opener and allowed the Red Sox to romp 8-1, the fielding failures were on the other side.

Lackey, pitching a day after his 35th birthday, returned this year after missing all of 2012 due to elbow surgery and beat Cy Young Award winners David Price and Justin Verlander in the AL playoffs. In his first Series appearance since his Game 7 win 11 years earlier, he couldn’t hold a 2-1 lead.

David Freese walked with one out in the seventh and Jon Jay singled. Breslow relieved, and the Cardinals pulled off a double steal as pinch-runner Pete Kozma swiped third — an uncharacteristically aggressive move for the Cardinals, who ranked last in the NL with 45 stolen bases this year.

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