St. Louis Bounces Back in Game 2

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-2 in game two of the 2013 World Series.

The Cards held a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.

St. Louis put together a three-run eighth to go ahead. They loaded the bases before Matt Carpenter hit a sacrifice fly that brought in two runs, thanks to pitcher Craig Breslow's throwing error. Carlos Beltran followed with an RBI single

The Bosox took a brief lead in the sixth on a two-run homer by David Ortiz off Michael Wacha. Ortiz parked it over the Green Monster in left field for his second two-run homer in as many nights.

Matt Holliday tripled and scored on Yadier Molina's grounder in the fourth inning for the Cardinals' first run.

Beltran is back in the lineup after getting injured while robbing Ortiz of a grand slam in the second inning of the opener on Wednesday. Beltran came out of that game an inning later and was examined at a hospital, where X-rays and a CT scan were negative.

Jon Lester tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings in Boston's 8-1 victory in Game 1, and then spent Thursday denying he had an illegal substance in his glove. Lester says his glove contained only rosin, a legal substance found on pitcher's mounds.

A Cardinals minor leaguer posted a screen shot on Twitter showing a green substance on Lester's glove and wrote: "Jon Lester using a little Vaseline inside the glove tonight?"

The series will shift to St. Louis for Game 3 on Saturday and Game 4 Sunday. Red Sox manager John Farrell has announced that Jake Peavy will start the third game, followed by Clay Buchholz.

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