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Long, straight, stiff as a board. Definitely has an Amish look to it. Or maybe more Scandinavian. Tough to choose.

Carp batted for pitcher Jake Peavy, so left-hander Felix Doubront is on in the bottom of the fifth.

Doubront retires David Freese with two on to end the inning. Cardinals lead 2-1.


ESCAPE: Peavy pitches out of major trouble in the fourth inning. Bases loaded, nobody out _ Cardinals don’t score.

Conservative move by third base coach Jose Oquendo to hold Yadier Molina at third on Jon Jay’s single to center. Looked as though it would have been tough to throw out Molina at the plate. And with light-hitting Pete Kozma and pitcher Joe Kelly up next, probably a good time to take that chance.

Molina, however, wasn’t running very well as he got to third, and Oquendo threw up a late stop sign.

Kozma was called out on strikes before Kelly and Matt Carpenter popped up.

Good move by Cardinals manager Mike Matheny to let Jay swing the bat instead of bunt with runners at first and second and none out. Again, with the bottom of the lineup to follow, good time to be aggressive.

Matheny certainly was. Oquendo was not.


SETTLING IN: Peavy looked much sharper in the second and third than he did in the first inning. Maybe he’s settling down a bit and finding his rhythm.

Peavy is a fiery guy on the mound, often yelling at himself in the middle of a game. Controlling his emotions can be an issue for him. Perhaps Peavy was a little over-amped in the first inning.

Cardinals still lead 2-0 after Joe Kelly strikes out Daniel Nava on a full-count pitch with two on to end the top of the fourth.

Jacoby Ellsbury’s leadoff grounder in the fourth got past a diving Matt Carpenter at second base for Boston’s first hit.

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