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Updated: Thursday, October 24 2013, 10:53 PM CDT
Just when it seemed
Michael Wacha had cracked, the St. Louis Cardinals began scooting around
the bases and tied the World Series.
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.
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.
then Lackey, who in 2002 with the Angels became the first rookie in 93
years to win Game 7 of a World Series, 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.
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 be out
of the lineup."
Wacha, a 22-year-old
right-hander, wasn't quite as sharp and allowed two runs, three hits and
four walks in six innings with six strikeouts. But he improved to 4-0
in four outings this postseason, matching the amount of regular-season
wins he has in his brief career.
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."
His parents and sister
made the trip from Texarkana, Texas, and sat bundled in cold-weather
clothes in the stands to watch Wacha, the 19th pick in last year's
The Cardinals' hard-throwing
bullpen combined for one-hit relief, with Trevor Rosenthal striking out
all three batters in the ninth for a save. He whiffed Daniel Nava with a
99 mph fastball to end it.
All three St. Louis pitchers Thursday night were 23 or younger.
"It doesn't surprise me. Those guys got talent," Molina said. "Like I said many times before, they're not afraid to pitch."
its second World Series title in three seasons, St. Louis improved to
7-0 this postseason when scoring first and stopped Boston's Series
winning streak at nine.
When the Series
resumes Saturday night at Busch Stadium, 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.
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.
a 2-1 lead, Lackey walked David Freese with one out in the seventh and
allowed Jon Jay's single. Breslow relieved, and the Cardinals pulled off
a double steal as pinch-runner Pete Kozma swiped third.
was an uncharacteristically aggressive move for the Cardinals, who
ranked last in the National League with 45 stolen bases this year.
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.
allowed the throw to glance off his glove as Jay took off for third.
Backing up the plate, Breslow hesitated before throwing to third, then
sailed a high throw into the stands as Jay came home with the go-ahead
Beltran, making his first Series appearance at age 36, singled to right for a two-run lead.
few hours before the game, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny wasn't even
certain Beltran would be able to play. 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.
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
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
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.
The Red Sox had not lost in the Series since Game 7 in 1986 against the
New York Mets. ... With the loss of the designated hitter in the
National League city, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Ortiz will
likely play first base in Game 3. Mike Napoli would sit. ... Victims of
the Boston Marathon bombings were honored during the seventh-inning
stretch as singer James Taylor led the crowd in "America the Beautiful."