(BaseballStL) -- MLB saves leader Trevor Rosenthal stepped into the ninth inning with a tied ball game and it didn't start well for him.
Coming in to pitch in his fourth straight game, Rosenthal gave up a bloop single to Yoenis Cespedes and then a big double into right to Mike Napoli. David Ortiz came into pinch hit, but the Cardinals didn't want any part of him as they issued him an intentional walk.
But Xander Bogaerts made good on his team's work with a sacrifice fly to center that easily scored Cespedes and gave the Red Sox their first lead of the night. Napoli and pinch runner Jackie Bradley each moved up a base, which pulled the Cards infield in for a play at the plate.
Christian Vazquez hit a sharp grounder to Jhonny Peralta who cut down Napoli at the plate to keep the Red Sox lead to 2-1.
The Cardinals had a base runner in the bottom half of the ninth when Matt Adams wingled into right. He was lifted for a pinch runner, Peter Bourjos, but a ground ball fom Jhonny Peralta forced Bourjos out at second, but Peralta stayed out of the double play.
AJ Pierzynski popped out to left field, but Oscar Taveras picked him up with another single into right to bring up Tuesday night's hero Jon Jay. But Jay only mustered a ground ball to second base that forced out Taveras at second to end the game.
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The Red Sox came back with a run of their own in the fourth inning on a long fly ball to left field that Matt Holliday couldn't handle.
Shelby Miller was able to get the first two batters of the inning out, Yoenis Cespedes flied out while Mike Napoli struck out.
But Daniel Nava snuck a single past the diving Kolten Wong and then Xander Bogaerts sent a fly ball at the Red Sox bullpen that Holliday seemed to have tracked down, but the ball tipped off his glove and allowed Nava to score.
However, the majority of the game has been spent with both starting pitchers dominating opposing hitters.
The Cardinals had a good opportunity to score in the second and fifth innings, but a double play in the second and a strike out in the fifth squashed any hope the Redbirds had for scoring a run.
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The Cardinals scored the first run of the game with the help of a couple of Matts.
Matt Carpenter welcomed Joe Kelly back to the mound at Busch Stadium with a double off the right field wall, his 26th double of the season.
A ground out to the right side from Kolten Wong moved Carpenter over to third so when Matt Adams came to the plate, his single into right field scored the Cardinals' lead-off man for a 1-0 lead.