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Sloppy seventh inning by the Red Sox allows Cardinals to retake lead in Game 2

Mike Oz
Big League Stew

BOSTON — The lead that David Ortiz's sixth-inning homer gave the Boston Red Sox in Game 2 of the World Series was short-lived. In the seventh, things went awry and the St. Louis Cardinals rebounded to take a 4-2 lead.

The Red Sox's shutdown bullpen, one of their postseason weapons up until this point, hit a snag with an assist from a bit of sloppy defense — two errors on one play.

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Here's how the Cardinals retook the lead:

David Freese walked, followed by a Jon Jay single. That's when the Red Sox took starter John Lackey out of the game in favor of reliever Craig Breslow. After two stolen bases and a walk, the bases were loaded for Matt Carpenter, who hit a sac fly to left field. Jonny Gomes fired the ball home, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia couldn't handle the throw. Pete Kozma, who had pinch run, scored.

Breslow, who was backing up on the play, collected the ball and threw to third, trying to nail Jay. That went over the head of Stephen Drew and Jay ran home, giving the Cards a 3-2 lead. Breslow stayed in the game, then Carlos Beltran, hurt ribs and all, singled to bring in Daniel Descalso for St. Louis' fourth run.

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