Red Sox Split with Cardinals

In the opener of the World Series the Cardinals played some sloppy defense and the Red Sox took advantage to maul them 8-1.  The normally sure handed Pete Kozma booted two balls at short, David Freese made an error and Adam Wainwright allowed a weak pop up to fall in front of him to create the nightmare for the Cardinals. 

The Red Sox did bring their bats with David Ortiz slugging a 2-run homerun in the seventh and Mike Napoli driving in three runs with a double.  Jon Lester also shut the Cardinals out for seven plus innings, allowing just five hits and one walk.  Matt Holliday hit a solo shot in the ninth for the lone run after the Red Sox had taken an 8-0 lead.

Carlos Beltran did reach over the fence to rob David Ortiz of a grand slam homerun in the second inning, but injured his ribs on the play and had to be taken out of the game.  David Ortiz did get an RBI on the play with a sacrifice fly.

The Cardinals rode the rookie arm of Michael Wacha to win the second game 4-2.  Wacha gave up only two runs on three hits in his six innings of work.  One of those three hits was a 2-run homer from David Ortiz that gave the Red Sox a 2-1 lead.

The Cardinals recaptured that lead in the seventh off Boston starter John Lackey, David Freese drawing a one out walk and John Jay following with a single.  Craig Breslow came on in relief for Boston and Pete Kozma came in to run for Freese at second base.  The Cardinals successfully pulled a double steal, leaving an open base for Daniel Descalso to occupy after he was walked.  A sacrifice fly by Matt Carpenter tied the game and when Craig Breslow threw the ball into the stands after the ball skipped away from the catcher in an attempt to get John Jay advancing to third to allow a second run to score on the play, giving the Cardinals a 3-2 lead.  Carlos Beltran added an insurance run with an RBI single.

The Cardinals called on Carlos Martinez to pitch the seventh and eighth.  He retired the side in order in the seventh but a Matt Carpenter error and 2-out single by David Ortiz put runners on first and second with two outs.  Mike Matheny stuck with the rookie and he got Mike Napoli to pop up to end the threat.

Trevor Rosenthal pitched the ninth and struck out the side with his three digit heat to send the game to St. Louis tied up at one game apiece.         

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