Cards punish sloppy Red Sox to level series
By Larry Fine
BOSTON (Reuters) - The St Louis Cardinals turned the tables on Boston by taking full advantage of some sloppy Red Sox fielding to level the World Series at 1-1 on the back of a 4-2 victory at Fenway Park on Thursday.
The Cardinals, who committed three errors in losing Game One of the best-of-seven series 8-1 a day earlier, latched on to a pair of miscues in the seventh inning to score three runs and overhaul the hosts.
"We kind of contributed to the three runs allowed," said Boston manager John Farrell, echoing the post-mortem delivered on Wednesday by his St Louis counterpart, Mike Matheny.
"Uncharacteristic of the way I think we've taken care of the baseball this year."
St Louis rallied after David 'Big Papi' Ortiz erased a 1-0 Cardinals lead with a two-run homer over the 'Green Monster' in the sixth inning off rookie pitching sensation Michael Wacha.
Wacha gave up three hits in six innings to register the win and improve to 4-0 in the postseason after two great innings of relief from Carlos Martinez set up Trevor Rosenthal for the save, which he posted by striking out the side in the ninth.
"I felt the bullpen did a great job," Matheny said.
The 22-year-old Wacha, who entered the game having allowed just one run in playoff 21 innings, prevailed again despite not being at his sharpest. Continued...