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World Series Game 2: Cardinals even series behind Michael Wacha and Red Sox miscues

The St. Louis Cardinals bounced back to even the World Series with a 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox in Game 2. Just like the Red Sox did in Game 1, the Cardinals took advantage of defensive miscues to squeeze out the win.

Michael Wacha did it again for St. Louis, throwing six innings of two-run ball. His only blemish was David Ortiz's go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth. Wacha did walk four, but struck out six and improved to 4-0 in the postseason.

• Rookie reliever Carlos Martinez showed incredible poise in working two scoreless innings. In the second frame, manager Mike Matheny showed confidence in Martinez by allowing him to face David Ortiz and Mike Napoli with the lead on the line. Martinez answered the challenge, getting Napoli to pop out to end the inning.

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Matt Holliday led off the fourth inning with a triple to deep center field. The ball was just feet short of a home run and ended up caroming away from Jacoby Ellsbury. That allowed Holliday to move all the way around to third, where he later scored the game's first run on Yadier Molina's ground out.

• Carlos Beltran tacked on St. Louis' insurance with a two-out RBI single in the seventh.

• David Ortiz's postseason tear continued with another late inning home run that turned the game completely around. Ortiz's impressive drive was an absolute laser to the opposite field that cleared the green monster by two rows.

The Red Sox were sloppy in the seventh inning, allowing St. Louis three critical runs thanks to shaky defense. With one out, Matt Carpenter hit a fly ball to left field that Jonny Gomes caught, but Kozma beat his offline throw which actually squirted away from Jarrod Saltalamacchia for an error. Pitcher Craig Breslow backed the play up, and then committed his own error when he threw wide to third base. Jon Jay trotted home with the go-ahead run, and the Cardinals were back in the driver's seat.

The Cardinals double steal that helped set up the seventh inning breakout was important, but there may have been an even bigger moment earlier in the game.

After Dustin Pedroia led off the fourth with a double and David Ortiz drew a walk, Michael Wacha recovered to get a huge 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Mike Napoli to settle the inning down. Then he escaped just a couple pitches later when Jonny Gomes popped out to second base.

• The Red Sox had scored a first inning run in each of their last five World Series games against the Cardinals before Game 2.

• Michael Wacha equaled Bob Gibson's Cardinals record with 19 consecutive scoreless innings in the postseason.

• Matt Holliday's triple was the first by a visiting player at Fenway in World Series play since Ken Griffey Sr. in Game 6 of the 1975 Series.

• Boston's four hits were their fewest in a World Series game since the St, Louis Cardinals held them to three in Game 7 of the 1967 Series.

• Boston's nine-game World Series winning streak is over.

• Michael Wacha's perfect postseason record.

• The sloppy defense continues on both sides.

• Will Boston utilize David Ortiz at first base in St. Louis?

• Mike Matheny's confidence in Carlos Martinez paying off.

The series moves to St. Louis on Saturday night for what could prove to be a pivotal Game 3. The Red Sox will turn to veteran Jake Peavy for the assignment. The Cardinals are countering with Joe Kelly.

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Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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