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Wacha, Cards top Red Sox 4-2 to tie World Series
World Series » Rookie has a solid outing as St. Louis ties up Boston.


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Daniel Descalso, who started at shortstop after Kozma made two errors in the opener, loaded the bases with a walk. Carpenter followed with a fly to medium left, and Jonny Gomes’ throw home was slightly to the first-base side of the plate as Kozma scored the tying run.

Saltalamacchia allowed the throw to glance off his glove as Jay took off for third. Backing up the plate, Breslow was slow to throw and then sailed the ball over shortstop Stephen Drew covering third. The ball bounced into the stands as Jay came home with the go-ahead run.

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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"I’m sure Craig would like to have that ball back and hold it with a chance to shut down the inning right there," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "Uncharacteristic of the way I think we’ve taken care of the baseball this year. And it contributed to the three runs."

Beltran, making his first Series appearance at age 36, singled to right for a two-run lead. The eight-time All-Star was sent to a hospital for scans Wednesday night after bruising ribs while banging into the right-field fence to rob Ortiz of a grand slam.

Beltran said he was given painkillers, and he appeared to be wearing protective padding under his jersey.

"We were all kind of sitting around waiting to see how things would turn out today," Matheny said. "But obviously he feels pretty good. He was moving well, too."

Matt Holliday, whose ninth-inning solo homer in the opener avoided a shutout, led off the fourth by driving a 92 mph fastball to the deepest part of Fenway Park, near the 420-foot sign below the triangle section of the bleachers in right-center. The ball hit with a thud off the low fence on the side of the Boston bullpen, ricocheting across toward straightaway center.

Matt Adams lined to second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who made a diving catch with the infield halfway in. Molina followed with a bouncer over the 6-foot-6 Lackey that was grabbed by Pedroia, who realized his only play was to first as Holliday scored.

Ortiz erased that with his 17th career postseason homer and fifth this October, pouncing when Wacha left an 85 mph changeup in the middle of the strike zone.

"We’ve got to go out there and play better than we did tonight," Ortiz said. "Nobody can dictate that you’re going to win four straight games every time you go out there for the World Series."


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