Game Log: Cardinals top Red Sox 5-2

Game Log: Cardinals top Red Sox 5-2

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL | @TheJJBailey

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Posted on August 7, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 7 at 9:28 PM

(BaseballStL) — With Trevor Rosenthal resting, the Cardinals turned to Pat Neshek to close the door. The side arm hurler came on and all three outs without incident, winning the series for the Birds. 

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Kolten Wong is all over the Red Sox pitching staff Wednesday, homering for a second time. 

Again with two outs, the second baseman turned on a ball and sent it to right field. This time it was 423 feet into the stands and the Cardinals extended their lead to 5-2.

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Adam Wainwright threw a season-high 122 pitches, but managed to close out seven innings. 

In his final inning of work, he stranded two base runners and talked his way out of getting pulled early. With a two out walk to Pedroia, Mike Matheny came to chat with his ace. After a short conversation on the mound, Wainwright remained in the game and toed the rubber to face Cespedes. 

After falling behind 3-0, the big righty came back with three straight strikes, freezing the star left fielder with a sharp curve for his seventh strikeout of the night. 

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After a silent fourth, the Cardinals struck again in the bottom of the fifth to push their lead once more. 

With two out in the bottom half, Kolten Wong roped his eighth home run of the year to right field, giving the Cardinals a 4-2 lead. It traveled 384 feet and game him an even 30 RBIs on the season. 

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After needing more than 30 pitches to get through an ugly third, Wainwright cruised for the next six outs. 

The St. Louis ace moved through the fourth and fifth innings on just 18 pitches, making it possible to reach the seventh if he continues to be efficient. 

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The Red Sox hit pay dirt in the third off Wainwright, picking up a run as they sent seven batters to the plate.

After back-to-back singles to open the inning, Cespedes flew out to right field. Mike Napoli knocked a full-count RBI single to break the goose egg, and left runners on the corners for Bogaerts. 

The rookie struck out for the second time, leaving any further damage in the hands of Christian Vasquez. After a lengthy at bat, the Boston catcher punched a ball through the middle for a second run, closing the gap to 3-2. 

Jackie Bradley Jr. grounded out to end the inning, but Wainwright tossed 32 pitches in the frame. 

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The Cardinals attacked early after the delay, getting the first two hitters on and scoring three runs in their first inning. 

Matt Carpenter worked an easy walk from Brandon Workman, then Kolten Wong singled into left center. Matt Holliday fouled off three pitches before shooting a ball into the glove of left fielder Yoenis Cespedes for the first out. 

With two strikes on Matt Adams, Wong and Carpenter exploited the shift with a double steal to put both men in scoring position. Adams struck out one pitch later, but Jhonny Peralta cleared the bases with a two-RBI double to right center. 

Oscar Taveras punched a two-strike curveball into right field, and Peralta tore around third to make it three runs in six hitters.

Jon Jay followed with a single into center, and Taveras rolled around to third to put men on the corners for Tony Cruz. Cruz flew out to second, but the fram closed with a 3-0 lead for the Birds. 

 

Adam Wainwright had two base runners of his own in the top half, surrendering a walk to Dustin Pedroia and a single to Cespedes, but pitched around trouble, striking out Xander Bogaerts to end the Boston threat. 

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