Cardinals Best Red Sox 4-2, Tie World Series 1-1

Trevor Rosenthal struck out three in relief as St. Louis stopped Boston, 4-2. The Cardinals pitching staff struckout a combined 12 batters in the win. Boston posted just a .129 batting average and .225 wOBA.

The Red Sox, behind 1-0, took the lead in the bottom of the sixth when David Ortiz drove in Dustin Pedroia with a two-run shot off starter Michael Wacha. The Cardinals grabbed the lead for good in the top of the seventh when Jon Jay and Pete Kozma scored on a sacrifice fly. Batting next, Carlos Beltran hit a single to drive in Daniel Descalso to make it 4-2 and force Craig Breslow from the game.

Wacha went six innings to earn his fourth win in these playoffs after he gave up two runs on three hits with six strikeouts and four walks. Rosenthal got his fourth save of the postseason after one inning of work striking out three and walking no one. John Lackey (2-1) was charged with the loss after allowing three runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and two walks. Beltran was terrific at the plate for the Cardinals, going 2 for 4 with an RBI. Ortiz finished 2 for 3 with a home run, a run, two RBIs, and a walk in the loss.

The Cardinals even the World Series at one game apiece. Saturday, the Cardinals will face the Red Sox in Game 3 of the World Series at Busch Stadium at 7:07 PM CDT.


Cardinals Offense
Grade Player P AB H R HR RBI BB SO
A- 90.0 C. Beltran RF 4 2 0 0 1 0 0
B 84.4 A. Craig DH 3 1 0 0 0 1 1
B 84.2 M. Holliday LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 2
C 76.9 D. Freese 3B 2 0 0 0 0 1 1
C 76.7 J. Jay CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
C 75.7 Y. Molina C 4 1 0 0 1 0 0
C 74.7 M. Adams 1B 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
C 74.0 D. Descalso SS 3 0 1 0 0 1 1
C 73.0 P. Kozma PR 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
D- 61.0 M. Carpenter 2B 4 0 0 0 1 0 1


Red Sox Offense
Grade Player P AB H R HR RBI BB SO
A+ 97.9 D. Ortiz DH 3 2 1 1 2 1 0
B 85.5 D. Pedroia 2B 3 1 1 0 0 1 2
C 74.7 J. Ellsbury CF 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
C 73.0 M. Napoli 1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 1
C- 71.0 J. Saltalamac C 3 0 0 0 0 1 2
C- 70.0 D. Nava PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
D 64.0 S. Drew SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
D 63.0 X. Bogaerts 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 2
D- 61.0 J. Gomes LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
D- 60.0 S. Victorino RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2


Cardinals Pitching
Grade Player IP ERA WHIP HA SO BB PC
A+ 97.8 T. Rosenthal 1.0 0.00 0.00 0 3 0 11
A 95.6 C. Martinez 2.0 0.00 0.50 1 3 0 24
B 85.8 M. Wacha 6.0 3.00 1.17 3 6 4 114


Red Sox Pitching
Grade Player IP ERA WHIP HA SO BB PC
A 94.4 K. Uehara 1.0 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 10
A 93.7 J. Tazawa 0.1 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 4
B+ 87.8 B. Workman 1.0 0.00 1.00 1 0 0 11
B 82.7 J. Lackey 6.1 4.26 1.11 5 6 2 95
C 74.5 C. Breslow 0.1 0.00 6.00 1 0 1 13