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Cardinals come from behind to even Series
BOSTON, Massachusetts (USA) - St. Louis Cardinals trailed 2-1 in the seventh inning of Game 2, then rallied for three runs and went on to win 4-2 vs. Boston Red Sox on Thursday-evening (October 24). With this, the World Series is tied at 1-1. The Series now moves to St. Louis, where Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday-evening.

Of the 13 previous World Series in which the Cardinals were 1-1, they won eleven of them!

Did the Cardinal-defense made some crucial errors in the first game, tonight Red Sox-mistakes helped St. Louis.

While it appeared, he might not be available due to a rib-injury, Carlos Beltran returned in rightfield tonight for the Cards. In Game 1, Beltran sustained a bruised rib while robbing David Ortiz of a grand slam homerun with a great catch. Tonight, Beltran batted in an insurance run.

The Cardinals opened the score in the fourth inning. Matt Holliday led off with a triple, then scored with one out when Yadier Molina grounded out.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Boston turned the game around briefly, taking a 2-1 lead. With one out, Dustin Pedroia walked, then David Ortiz followed with a 2-run homerun.

But in the top of the seventh inning, St. Louis rallied for three runs to take a 4-2 lead. With one out, David Freese walked, then Jon Jay singled, which led to a pitching change. Craig Breslow took over for starter John Lackey, while Pete Kozma was inserted as pinch-runner for Freese. Moments later, the two runners executed a double steal, then Daniel Descalso walked to load the bases. Next, Matt Carpenter hit a sacrifice fly, which brought in Kozma. But as catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia missed the throw from leftfielder Jonny Gomes, Jay and Descalso advanced. Breslow, who covered Saltalamacchia, then threw the ball to third, but it ended up in leftfield for an overthrow, enabling Jay to score and give the Cards a 3-2 lead. Carlos Beltran followed with an RBI-single that lifted the lead to 4-2. Hereafter, Junichi Tazawa took over for Breslow and completed the inning.

For the Cardinals, 22-year old rookie Michael Wacha dominated. Again. He already pitched outstanding in the NLDS vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, then again in the NLCS vs. St. Louis Cardinals. And tonight, he gave up only three basehits to the Red Sox in six innings. Wacha made his big league-debut in May of this season.

In the fourth inning, Wacha gave up a lead-off double to Dustin Pedrioa, then walked David Ortiz. But Mike Napoli then grounded into a double play and a pop-fly ended the at bat.

(October 24)

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