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World series
What: Boston at St. Louis
When: 8:07 p.m. Saturday
TV: Fox
Series: Tied at 1
Associated Press
Cardinals rookie starting pitcher Michael Wacha continued his strong postseason, beating the Red Sox despite giving up a two-run home run to David Ortiz.

Rookie, errors help Cardinals win, tie Series

St. Louis rallies after Ortiz hits 2-run homer

Associated Press
St. Louis’ Pete Kozma scores on a sacrifice fly as Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia can’t handle the throw. John Jay also scored on the play.

– Just when it seemed Michael Wacha had cracked, the St. Louis Cardinals began scooting around the bases and tied the World Series.

Wacha beat John Lackey in a matchup of present and past rookie sensations, and this time it was the Cardinals’ turn to take advantage of sloppy fielding as St. Louis topped the Boston Red Sox 4-2 Thursday night to even the series at a game apiece.

David Ortiz put Boston ahead in the sixth inning with a two-run homer just over the Green Monster in left, ending Wacha’s scoreless streak at 18 2/3 innings – a rookie record for a single postseason.

But then Lackey, who in 2002 with the Angels became the first rookie in 93 years to win Game 7 of a World Series, faltered in a three-run seventh. St. Louis went ahead when Matt Carpenter hit a sacrifice fly that led to a pair of runs, with the second scoring on errors by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and reliever Craig Breslow.

Carlos Beltran, back in the lineup after bruising ribs in the opener, followed with an RBI single.

“I wanted to be in the lineup. I worked so hard to get to this point,” Beltran said. “Somebody would have to kill me in order for me to be out of the lineup.”

Wacha, a 22-year-old right-hander, wasn’t quite as sharp and gave up two runs, three hits and four walks in six innings with six strikeouts. But he improved to 4-0 in four outings this postseason, matching the amount of regular-season wins he has in his brief career.

“He pitched outstanding,” Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said. “Just one pitch, to a great hitter like Big Papi. We take our hat off to him, but I mean, he pitched good tonight.”

The Cardinals’ hard-throwing bullpen combined for one-hit relief, with Trevor Rosenthal striking out all three batters in the ninth for a save.

He whiffed Daniel Nava with a 99 mph fastball to end it.

All three St. Louis pitchers Thursday night were 23 or younger.

“It doesn’t surprise me. Those guys got talent,” Molina said. “Like I said many times before, they’re not afraid to pitch.”

Seeking its second World Series title in three seasons, St. Louis improved to 7-0 this postseason when scoring first and stopped Boston’s Series winning streak at nine.

When the Series resumes Saturday night at Busch Stadium, Jake Peavy starts for the Red Sox and Joe Kelly for the Cardinals.

A night after the Cardinals made three errors in the opener and allowed the Red Sox to romp 8-1, the fielding failures were on the other side.

Given a 2-1 lead, Lackey walked David Freese with one out in the seventh and allowed Jon Jay’s single. Breslow relieved, and the Cardinals pulled off a double steal as pinch-runner Pete Kozma swiped third.

Daniel Descalso, who started at shortstop after Kozma made two errors in the opener, loaded the bases with a walk. Carpenter followed with a fly to medium left, and Jonny Gomes’ throw home was slightly to the first-base side of the plate as Kozma scored the tying run.

Saltalamacchia allowed the throw to glance off his glove as Jay took off for third.

Backing up the plate, Breslow hesitated before throwing to third, then sailed a high throw into the stands as Jay came home with the go-ahead run.

Beltran, making his first Series appearance at age 36, singled to right for a two-run lead.

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