WORLD SERIES WATCH: Red Sox tie it 2-all in 6th
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:
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.
Maness then got rookie Xander Bogaerts to ground into an inning-ending double play.
That is Maness’ specialty. He induced 16 double-play grounders during the season, the most among NL relievers.
Tied at 2 heading into the seventh. Rookie lefty Kevin Siegrist on for the Cardinals.
ONE-RUN GAME: A leadoff triple by Bogaerts helps Boston trim the deficit to 2-1 in the fifth inning.
Right fielder Carlos Beltran, playing with those bruised ribs, couldn’t cut off the ball in the gap. Beltran was unable to bend over enough to glove the ball _ or perhaps he had an idea how much it would hurt and shied away.
Stephen Drew followed with a strikeout, but Bogaerts scored when pinch-hitter Mike Carp bounced a chopper to second base. St. Louis got the force at second, but Carp easily beat the relay to first as Bogaerts scored.
Joe Kelly struck out Jacoby Ellsbury to end the inning.
With all the talk about the Boston beards, nobody ever seems to mention Carp’s bright red number. Yes, he’s a bench player _ but it’s an epic effort.