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“I called it. I waited for someone else to take charge. That’s not the way to play baseball,” he said. “It was totally my error.”

Kozma made another error on a bouncer to his right in the second inning. Asked in the clubhouse afterward what happened, the Cardinals shortstop said, “Which one?”

The three errors and four unearned runs both matched season highs for St. Louis.

“That’s the game in the playoffs: You give them extra outs, they’re going to score,” said Kozma, who made only nine errors all season and had never made two in a game before. “That’s how the games work: one thing happens and then you’re down 3-0.”

St. Louis added another error, by third baseman David Freese, and a wild pitch by Carlos Martinez that put a runner on third base with nobody out in the eighth inning and led to Boston’s eighth run.

“It’s a different game if some plays are made that are typically made. That’s a whole different story,” Matheny said. “(Boston) is a good club. We know that. But I’m just not going to let our guys forget we’re a good club, too. We make plays, we also put together tough at-bats. … Right now this is one game that got away from us, and it was in a fashion that we’re not used to.”