- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Joe Kelly kept it together, just as Shelby Miller did in the opposite dugout.

The matchup of former teammates who were each other’s best man at their weddings was a high quality draw. Each allowed a run in seven innings.

“There was some emotion there,” Kelly said after the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Wednesday night. “After the first pitch, I’m just pitching again. It’s like you’re in the playoffs.”

Miller’s postgame reaction was similar.

“I thought it would maybe a little bit more odd than it really was,” Miller said. “When he’s in the box, you’re pitching to him. When we’re out there, we’re trying to win the game. That’s it.”

Xander Bogaerts drove in both runs, including a go-ahead sacrifice fly with the bases loaded off closer Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth inning. Three of Rosenthal’s six losses have come when he’s entered a game tied in the ninth.

“I thought he wanted to get ahead of me with a fastball so he could use his off-speed pitches,” Bogaerts said. “So I just went in there and keyed on the fastball.”

Junichi Tazawa (2-3) worked a perfect eighth and Koji Uehara worked around two hits in the ninth for his 23rd save in 25 chances. Boston won for just the third time in 14 games and snapped St. Louis’ three-game win streak.

Rosenthal (1-6) was working in his fourth consecutive game, in five days.

“I felt good, I felt like I was making some good pitches,” Rosenthal said. “I felt good the whole inning. There was no question I was ready to go.”

Kelly worked seven innings only twice in 22 starts for St. Louis the last two seasons and Miller got that deep for just the eighth time in 54 career starts.

Kelly got a nice ovation while walking to the bullpen to begin warmups, with hundreds of fans standing. There were more cheers when he stepped onto the mound for the first time, and before his first at-bat leading off the third.

The crowd cast yet another vote against the trade that brought starter John Lackey but came as a shock in the clubhouse. They cheered Kelly’s infield hit after the Red Sox successful challenged an out call by first base umpire Gary Cederstrom.

The Red Sox loaded the bases with none out in the ninth against Rosenthal, a single by Yoenis Cespedes, double by Mike Napoli and intentional walk to pinch hitter David Ortiz. Bogaerts lined out to center for a sacrifice fly and the lead.

The first pitch was delayed 1 hour, 3 minutes by rain.

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