Game Log: Cards win 3-2 in late inning comeback

Game Log: Cards win 3-2 in late inning comeback

Game Log: Cards win 3-2 in late inning comeback

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on August 5, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 5 at 10:20 PM

(BaseballStL) -- It took three straight singles with two outs in the eighth inning for the Cardinals to retake the lead.

AJ Pierzynski started the rally against his former team by just throwing his bat at a pitch from Junichi Tazawa for a single into left field. He went first to third on the second single of the inning from Oscar Taveras.

Then Jon Jay put an exclamation point on the inning with the third single to score Pierzynski to take a 3-2 lead. That prompted closer Trevor Rosenthal to loosen up in the bullpen.

Trevor Rosenthal entered the game in the ninth inning for a try at his 35th save in 39 opportunities. He gave up a lead-off single to Yoenis Cespedes, but he retired the next three battters on fly outs to the outfield.

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It was the Cardinals turn to score a run in their half of the seventh inning and it came with two outs.

With one out, Shane Robinson pinch hit for Lance Lynn. He worked the count full and then drew the walk. He advanced to second on a ground ball from Matt Carpenter that went straight to David Ortiz at first who stepped on the bag, but his throw to second wasn't in time to catch Robinson.

Kolten Wong came to the plate, having struck out and grounded out in his previous three at-bats, but he stroked a single pass the diving Xander Bogaerts that scored Robinson.

Matt Holliday was then called out on strikes and was angry at the call. During the argument with home plate umpire Mark Ripperger, Holliday was ejected form the game.

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In the seventh inning, the Red Sox took the lead on what could have potentially been an inning ending double play.

The inning started with Lance Lynn allowed back-to-back singles to Yoenis Cespedes and Daniel Nava. A sacrifice bunt from Xander Bogaerts move the runners up a base, but Lynn intenionally walked Christian Vazquez to load the bases.

Will Middlebrooks hit a weak grounded right back at Lynn, but he bobbled the ball and was only able to throw out Middlebrooks at first base, allowing Cespedes to score and take a 2-1 lead for the Red Sox.

Mike Matheny left Lynn in the game to face pinch hitter Mike Napoli and after working the count full, Napoli was rung up on strikes to end the inning.

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It didn't take the Red Sox long to score their own run of the game, coming off an error from the Cardinals' third baseman.

Matt Carpenter air mailed a throw to first on a sure ground out from Daniel Nava, but instead of the out Nave advanced to second on the error.

He was moved over to third on another ground out to third base, this time an out. Then Oscar Taveras couldn't catch Nava at home on a sacrifice fly out to right field, tying the game at one.

Lance Lynn struck out Will Middlebrooks looking to ended the inning.

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It took four innings, but slugger Matt Adams finally batted in a run for the Cardinals with the help of Matt Holliday.

With one out, Holliday drove a ball to deep center for a double. It was followed by a single from Adams that scored Holliday and give the Redbirds the first run and lead of the game.

Jhonny Peralta and AJ Pierzynski earned back-to-back walks loading the bases with one out, but a 1-2-3 double play off the bat of Oscar Taveras ended any chance the Cardinals had to score any more runs in the inning.

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Both offenses struggled through the first three innings Monday night at Busch Stadium.

Starters Lance Lynn and Rubby De La Rosa had given up just three hits total, with the Cardinals having the majority with two. 

Matt Carpenter hit a lead-off double in the first inning, but the Cardinals squandered any chance of scoring him with a strike out and two fly outs.

On the Red Sox side, Yoenis Cespedes hit a dinker into shallow right field just inside the line and out of the reach of a diving Kolten Wong. A fan then yanked the ball away from three Cardinal players for a fan interference call as the umpires awarded Cespedes with a triple.

But solid defensive plays from Wong and Carpenter knocked down any chance the Red Sox had of scoring.

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