Cards rally to beat Boston 4-2 and level World Series
By Gregory Heakes ,AFPBOSTON -- Carlos Beltran's RBI single capped a three-run seventh and Michael Wacha pitched six solid innings as St. Louis rallied to beat Boston 4-2 and level the World Series.
October 26, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
Beltran, who was playing through the pain of a sore right rib cage on Thursday, smacked a two-out single to right field that scored Daniel Descalso for the Cardinals, who knotted the best-of-seven series at one game apiece.
“When I left the ballpark yesterday I had very little hope that I was going to be in the lineup,” said Beltran, an All-Star slugger who had to leave Game 1 with a right rib contusion suffered in the second inning when the right fielder dived over a wall to rob Boston's David Ortiz of a grand slam.
X-rays came back negative and Beltran was given the green light to play after taking batting practice with his teammates.
“I was able to get some treatment and find a way to try anything so that I could try to go out there and feel no pain,” he said.
Major League Baseball's championship series now shifts to St. Louis for Game 3 on Saturday.
The seventh inning proved the turning point in the roller-coaster contest in front of a crowd of 38,436 at Fenway Park.
The Cardinals engineered a double steal to advance their baserunners, then took advantage of a pair of throwing blunders by the Red Sox to erase a 2-1 deficit.
Descalso walked to load the bases. Matt Carpenter hit a sacrifice fly and Boston's Jonny Gomes' throw to home plate got past Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow was backing up the play, but his throw to third base was high, allowing John Jay to score.
Beltran, a 17-year veteran who is making his World Series debut, then plated a run with his single to round out the scoring.
Beltran said doctors gave him a pain killer shot of Toradol to allow him to move on the field.
“They gave me an injection to block the pain for five or six hours. I am going to be sore tomorrow,” he said.
Rookie flamethrower Wacha, who was making his World Series debut, improved to 4-0 in the post-season.