ST. LOUIS — Will Middlebrooks, playing his first inning of third base in the World Series, couldn't quite reach Matt Holliday's bullet double down the third-base line.
And with that, the St. Louis Cardinals retook the lead in the seventh inning of Game 3 of the World Series. Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran motored around the bases to make the score 4-2.
It was a weird inning for the Boston Red Sox, who had rallied to tie the game 2-2 with a run each in the fifth and sixth innings. Carpenter reached on an infield single when Xander Bogaerts couldn't throw him out from short. Bogaerts had just moved over from third, after Middlebrooks pinch hit and stayed in the game.
Carlos Beltran then was hit by a pitch, an HBP that Twitter or your favorite Red Sox fan will have told you was a bit of a sham because Beltran didn't try much to get out of the way. Then, with Boston bringing in Junichi Tazawa to face Holliday, the St. Louis slugger hit a ball hard into left field past the outstretched Middlebrooks and into the corner.
It looked like the Red Sox were in for more trouble, since Holliday advanced to third base on the throw home and there was nobody out. But two strikeouts and a fly out ended the threat and kept the score 4-2 as the Red Sox came to bat in the eighth.
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