Cardinals 4, Red Sox 2

Posted Oct. 24, 2013, at 8:20 p.m.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Craig Breslow (32) reacts as St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter (13) celebrates with his teammates Pete Kozma (38) and Jon Jay (19) after scoring a run in the 7th inning during game two of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Craig Breslow (32) reacts as St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter (13) celebrates with his teammates Pete Kozma (38) and Jon Jay (19) after scoring a run in the 7th inning during game two of the World Series at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (right) celebrates with teammate Shane Victorino (18) after hitting a two-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning during game two of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (right) celebrates with teammate Shane Victorino (18) after hitting a two-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning during game two of the World Series at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) runs the bases after hitting a 2-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the sixth inning of game two of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) runs the bases after hitting a 2-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the sixth inning of game two of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (7) throws to first base for the out against the St. Louis Cardinals during the fifth inning of game two of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (7) throws to first base for the out against the St. Louis Cardinals during the fifth inning of game two of the World Series at Fenway Park.
St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday scores a run against the Boston Red Sox in the fourth inning during game two of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday scores a run against the Boston Red Sox in the fourth inning during game two of the World Series at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury breaks his bat as he hits a single against the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning during game two of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury breaks his bat as he hits a single against the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning during game two of the World Series at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey (41) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of game two of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey (41) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of game two of the World Series at Fenway Park.
 St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha (52) throws against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of game two of the World Series at Fenway Park.
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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha (52) throws against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of game two of the World Series at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes (5) cannot get to a single by St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran (not pictured) during the first inning of game two of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes (5) cannot get to a single by St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran (not pictured) during the first inning of game two of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park.
Members of the Boston Red Sox pose for a photo with members of the 2004 Red Sox after they threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to game two of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park.
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Members of the Boston Red Sox pose for a photo with members of the 2004 Red Sox after they threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to game two of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park.
Former Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar catches a ball for the ceremonial first pitch with other members of the 2004 Boston Red Sox prior to game two of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park.
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Former Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar catches a ball for the ceremonial first pitch with other members of the 2004 Boston Red Sox prior to game two of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park.
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez (middle) reacts with his former 2004 World Series teammates after throwing out the ceremonial first pitches before game two of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park.
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Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez (middle) reacts with his former 2004 World Series teammates after throwing out the ceremonial first pitches before game two of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park.
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez waves to the crowd before game two of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park.
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Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez waves to the crowd before game two of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park.
Former Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek walks to the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch with other members of the 2004 Red Sox prior to game two of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park.
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Former Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek walks to the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch with other members of the 2004 Red Sox prior to game two of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park.

BOSTON — Play by play of Thursday’s Game 2 in Major League Baseball’s World Series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals.

1st inning

Beltran, who was only cleared to play at the 11th hour after hurting his rib the previous night, singled to left to give the Cardinals their first hit but Lackey finished off the inning without any damage when Adam flied out to left.

The Cardinals’ rookie pitching sensation Wacha showed no signs of nerves in his first appearance at a World Series, recording a 1-2-3 inning striking out Victorino and Pedroia.

Boston 0, St. Louis 0

2nd inning

Yolina, batting first up, singled to right but Lackey got the next three, striking out Freese.

Wacha came through a few anxious moments unscathed. He walked Napoli and was on a full count against Gomes, who flied to center, as did Saltalamacchia.

Boston 0, St. Louis 0

3rd inning

Cardinals go down in order again, and Lackey strikes out Descalso and Carpenter for his fourth of the game.

Walcha also chalks up his fourth strikeout of the game, getting Drew then Bogaerts, but gave up his first hit, to Ellsbury, who singled to center.

Boston 0, St. Louis 0

4th inning

The Cardinals open the scoring when Holliday triples to deep center. Holliday scrambled home when Yolina grounded out to second.

Wacha survived another test of his nerves when Pedroia doubled to center and Ortiz was walked. But he got a double play off Napoli, then Gomes popped out with Pedroia having advanced to third.

Boston 0, St. Louis 1

5th inning

Jay flied out to center then Descalso and Carpenter both grounded out to shortstop. Lackey has given up three hits for the game.

Wacha walked Saltamacchia. Drew flied out to center then Wacha struck out Bogaerts, his fifth of the game but his pitch count is now up to 88.

Boston 0, St. Louis 1

6th inning

Lackey retired the Cardinals in order to start the sixth.

Wacha walked Pedroia. Ortiz followed with a home run over the Green Monster in left to put the Red Sox ahead.

Boston 2, St. Louis 1

7th inning

Craig struck out looking, then Freese walked. After Jay singled, Lackey was removed from the game and Farrell brought in Breslow. Kozma came in as a pinch runner for Freese, and pulled off a double steal with Jay to put runners at second and third. After Descalso walked, Carpenter hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game, and then the Cardinals took the lead on a throwing error by Breslow, moving Descalso to third. Beltran singled to right, scoring Descalso. Tazawa relieved Breslow and retired Holliday on a groundout.

Boston 2, St. Louis 4

Starting Lineups:

St. Louis: Matt Carpenter (2B), Carlos Beltran (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Matt Adams (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Allen Craig (DH), David Freese (3B), Jon Jay (CF), Daniel Sescalso (SS), Michael Wacha (P)

Boston: Jacoby Ellsbury (CF), Shane Victorino (RF), Dustin Pedroia (2B), David Ortiz (DH), Mike Napoli (1B), Jonny Gomes (LF), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (C), Stephen Drew (3B), Xander Bogaerts (3B), John Lackey (P)

Pre-game:

The Red Sox won the opening game 8-1 and Fenway Park is heaving with expectation ahead of Game Two in the best-of-seven series. If history is any guide, the Cardinals need to win, as 15 of the last 16 teams that have trailed 2-0 in the World Series have lost. The last time a team came from 2-0 behind to win the championship was in 1996 when the New York Yankees overturned a 2-0 deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2.

St. Louis made two changes to their lineup with Jon Jay replacing Shane Robinson at center field and Daniel Descalso taking over at shortstop from Pete Kozma, who made two errors in Game One.

Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran was cleared to play despite injuring his ribs in Game One while running into the wall while robbing David Ortiz of a grand slam.

Boston made one change with Jarrod Saltalamacchia moving to center field for David Ross.

Five-time Grammy Award winner James Taylor, a Boston native and Red Sox fan, sang the National Anthem.

This is what the rival managers said just before the game.

John Farrell (Red Sox): “One of the main differences in our team this year is our overall depth. We’ve been able to overcome performance slumps, injuries.”

Mike Matheny (Cardinals): “I’ve seen us play very, very good against some tough teams and tough pitchers on the road as well as at home.”

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