A two-error play in the top of the seventh opened the door to a three-run inning propelling the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 victory to even the World Series with the Boston Red Sox at one game apiece.
With Boston leading 2-1 off a David Ortiz home run, St. Louis made a bid to tie the game on a Matt Carpenter sacrifice fly. Jarrod Saltalamacchia mishandled the throw home from left field as the tying run scored, and Craig Breslow overthrew an attempt to get Jon Jay trying to take third base. The throw left the field of play, allowing Jay to score the go-ahead run.
The error also moved Daniel Descalso over to third base, who came home on a single by Carlos Beltran.
Michael Wacha worked around the trouble of Ortiz’ blast earning the victory thanks to two scoreless innings from Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the ninth.
After a travel day, the teams resume play on Saturday night in St. Louis. Joe Kelly takes the ball for the Redbirds against Boston’s Jake Peavy, with coverage on ESPN 100.5 KTGR at 6 PM.