Cardinals’ hot seventh inning put things back to even
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter
BOSTON — Flattened by David Ortiz’s two-run homer over the Green Monster that sent a jolt through Fenway Park, the St. Louis Cardinals picked themselves up and rallied for a 4-2 victory to even the World Series on Thursday night.
Trailing 2-1 and facing a 2-0 series deficit, the Cardinals pieced together a three-run seventh inning, then shut down the Red Sox the rest of the way with hard-throwing rookie relievers Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal.
Matt Carpenter drove in pinch runner Pete Kozma with a tying sacrifice fly, and Jon Jay also scored on the play when Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow threw the ball into the stands trying to throw Jay out at third.
‘‘The guys stayed aggressive today,’’ Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. ‘‘That was the difference between yesterday and today. You saw aggressiveness offensively, you saw guys taking charge [on the field].’’
A lift from Beltran
Carlos Beltran wasn’t a go until an hour or so before the first pitch. For the Cardinals, already down after a lackluster performance in Game 1, just having Beltran’s name penciled in the lineup provided a needed pregame lift.
Playing in his first World Series, the 16-year veteran contributed two singles, his second driving in the third run of a three-run seventh that gave the Cardinals a 4-2 lead.
Beltran sustained the injury making a catch against the right-field wall that robbed Ortiz of a grand slam in Game 1.
‘‘I left the park wondering what was going to happen because the pain was so bad,’’ Beltran said.
‘‘Very encouraged,’’ Matheny said. ‘‘Obviously he feels pretty good.’’
Matheny started Daniel Descalso at shortstop in place of Kozma, in Game 1 the first rookie to make two errors in a World Series game since Don Zimmer in 1955. Kozma righted himself, though, entering as a pinch runner and scoring the tying run in the seventh on Carpenter’s sacrifice fly and making a slick bare-handed play in the bottom of the inning.
Peavy gets Game 3
Farrell is pushing Clay Buchholz back a day to Game 4 and moving Jake Peavy up to pitch Game 3 on Saturday. Buchholz has an undisclosed ailment but nothing ‘‘to the point of keeping him out starting,’’ Farrell said.
Peavy, aquired from the White Sox before the trade deadline, was uncharacteristically wild and gave up seven runs in three innings in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. He gave up one run over 52/3 innings in the division series clincher against the Tampa Bay Rays.
This and that
Michael Wacha’s streak of 182/3 scoreless innings, a postseason record for a rookie, was stopped by Ortiz’s fifth home run of the postseason in the sixth. Wacha is 4-0 in the postseason.
◆ Ortiz’s 17 career postseason home runs tied Jim Thome for seventh-most in history.
◆ The Red Sox’ nine-game World Series winning streak was snapped.
◆ Farrell on the series knotted up: ‘‘We fully expected this to be a hard-fought series. Not surprising the position we’re in.’’