It was time for Kolten Wong’s curtain call Thursday night at Busch Stadium.
The St. Louis second baseman hit two solo home runs, and scored another in a three-run first inning to help the Cardinals eclipse the Boston Red Sox by a 5-2 score.
Wong singled after a leadoff walk to Matt Carpenter, and eventually Jhonny Peralta doubled them both home for an early 2-0 lead. Oscar Taveras then quickly singled to push the edge to 3-0.
Boston struck for two runs in the third inning off Adam Wainwright to cut the Redbird edge to one, but Wong’s blasts in the fifth and seventh innings provided plenty of insurance, along with the final margin of victory. He went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and 3 runs on the night.
Wainwright provided a gutsy effort, throwing 122 pitches through seven complete innings. He allowed two runs on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts, including getting Boston’s Yoenis Cespedes to look at strike three to end a seventh-inning threat. After a night off on Wednesday, Pat Neshek came on to close out the contest, earning his third save of the season.
St. Louis now makes an east coast swing to face the Baltimore Orioles. Justin Masterson starts on the hill for the Cardinals against Baltimore’s Chris Tillman. Pregame coverage starts at 5:10 pm Friday on ESPN 103.1 and 1580 AM KTGR.