October 27, 2013

Cardinals beat Red Sox 5-4 in Game 3 of the World Series

Cardinals score two runs in the first inning off Jake Peavy.

Kevin Thomas
Staff Writer

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St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig gets tangled with Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis. Middlebrooks was called for obstruction on the play and Craig went in to score the game-winning run. The Cardinals won 5-4 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


Boston threatened again in the sixth. Shane Victorino led off with a walk. Pedroia lined out. Ortiz came up and St. Louis manager Mike Matheny called on left-hander reliever Randy Choate.

Ortiz singled to right, sending Victorino to third. Nava was due up to face Choate.

Although Nava can struggle against left-handers. Matheny brought in right-hander Seth Manses to replace Choate.

Nava pounced on the first pitch, going the opposite way with a single to left field, easily scoring Victorino, tying the game at 2. Bogaerts grounded into a double play to end the rally.

Doubront pitched a 1-2-3 sixth and probably would have been good for more, but he was scheduled to bat in the seventh.

With one out in the seventh, the Red Sox sent up two pinch-hitters - Middlebrooks for Drew, and Jonny Gomes for Doubront. Both flied out to center.

For the bottom of the seventh, Craig Breslow relieved Doubront, and Middlebrooks entered at third base, with Bogaerts moving to short.

Matt Carpenter hit a slow grounder to Bogaerts. He moved to it cautiously and then side-armed a throw in the dirt that Ortiz could not come up with.

Breslow then nicked Beltran on the sleeve of his jersey, putting two runners on with Holliday coming to bat.

Junichi Tazawa was summoned to relieve Breslow.

Holliday reached down and smacked a split fastball down the left field line for a two-run double. Holliday reached third on the play, with St. Louis leading 4-2.

Tazawa stranded Holliday on third with two strikeouts, a walk, and a fly-out.

St. Louis brought in fireballing set-up man Carlos Martinez for the eighth. Ellsbury singled and Victorino was hit by a pitch. A Pedroia ground-out advanced the runners and Martinez intentionally walked Ortiz to load the bases.

Closer Trevor Rosenthal was brought in to face Nava. On Thursday, Rosenthal struck out Nava handily. But Nava hit a bouncer to second base. The Cardinals got the force and second and were too late to get Nava. Ellsbury scored.

Bogaerts hit a hard bouncer up the middle. Shortstop Pete Kozma could only get the tip of his glove on it. Bogaerts reached with an RBI single, scoring Victorino to tie the game at 4.

Brandon Workman relieved in the eighth. He got into a mini-jam with runners on first and second with Holliday up. But he flied out to left.

Boston wanted Farrell to pitch the ninth, even though he was scheduled to bat in the top of the inning. He made his professional debut as a hitter and struck out.

In the bottom of the ninth, Workman struck out Adams but gave up a single to Molina.

Koji Uehara was brought in to face pinch-hitter Craig. On the first pitch, Craig roped a double to left field, putting runners on second and third.

Jay grounded to Pedroia and the excitement began.


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