Things went wrong, quickly, for St Louis in Game 1

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“He’s a huge player for us. Everybody knows that. We all know that,” Wainwright said, taking responsibility away from his fielders. “Tonight was a clear case of our starting pitching, being me, going out there and setting the wrong tone. That second inning completely (changes) if I catch the ball.

“The good news is, I didn’t show them anything I had. Everything I threw tonight was pretty much garbage,” Wainwright added.

The Cardinals could replace Beltran on the roster, but he would be lost for the rest of the Series. Outfielder Adron Chambers is the likely substitute, having been left off the World Series roster when the Cardinals went with rookie infielder Kolten Wong.

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.”

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