Red Sox braced for tough test after Cardinals rally

Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:53am EDT
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By Larry Fine

BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston had grown accustomed to bullying opponents into submission in the World Series but the Red Sox realize they have a fight on their hands after the St Louis Cardinals rallied to win at Fenway Park on Thursday.

"We fully expected this to be a hard-fought series," Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the visiting Cards dealt Boston a 4-2 defeat at a chilly Fenway Park to tie up the best-of-seven series at 1-1.

"Not surprising that we're in this position we are."

The Cardinals committed three errors in their opening 8-1 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday to extend Boston's World Series winning streak to nine following four-game sweeps of the same opponents in 2004 and the Colorado Rockies three years later.

This season's Cards are made of tougher stuff, however, and the visitors took advantage of a pair of Red Sox miscues in a three-run seventh to overturn a 2-1 deficit and seize a winning lead.

"In the seventh inning, we kind of contributed to the three runs allowed," Farrell said about an inning that undid the good work of starting pitcher John Lackey.

"I thought John Lackey threw the ball very well," the manager said. "The lead-off walk starts to get things going for them. After the base hit to (Jon) Jay, felt like we were in a pretty good situation for a match-up."

DOUBLE STEAL   Continued...

Oct 24, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay (19) gets up and runs home to score a run after the ball gets away from Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (7) in the 7th inning during game two of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports