WORLD SERIES WATCH: Holliday puts Cards on top 4-2

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A look at Game 3 of the World Series at Busch Stadium on Saturday night as the Boston Red Sox take on the St. Louis Cardinals:


BACK ON TOP: Matt Holliday’s two-run double puts the Cardinals back on top in the seventh inning, 4-2.

Tough inning for Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow. Matt Carpenter reached safely when he checked his swing on an infield single to shortstop. Carlos Beltran was grazed on the elbow pad by a pitch _ making no effort to get out of the way.

Beltran, in fact, almost appeared to stick his elbow out just a tiny bit to make sure the ball made contact.

Junichi Tazawa came on and Holliday pulled a grounder past new third baseman Will Middlebrooks. The ball kicked into the left-field corner and Holliday went all the way to third on the throw to the plate.

Tazawa then got a couple of strikeouts and prevented further damage.

It was Middlebrooks’ first inning in the field. He entered as a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh and took over at third base in the bottom half.

That shifted Bogaerts to shortstop _ and neither one was able to make the difficult defensive play Boston needed in that inning.

With four RBIs and three extra-base hits, Holliday is having a big Series so far.


ALL TIED UP: Daniel Nava’s run-scoring single on the first pitch from Cardinals reliever Seth Maness ties the score at 2 in the sixth inning.

Both starting pitchers take a no-decision. Joe Kelly issued a leadoff walk to Shane Victorino and was lifted after Dustin Pedroia lined out to third.

Lefty specialist Randy Choate tried to sneak a two-strike fastball by red-hot David Ortiz, but Big Papi sniffed it out and singled through the hole on the right side to send Victorino to third.

That brought on Maness, who gave up Nava’s sharp single to left.

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