(BaseballStL) -- If the offensively-challenged Cardinals had any chance to win Game 5, Adam Wainwright was going to have throw a complete-game shutout.
Unfortunately for St. Louis, he allowed three runs and barely made it through seven innings on Monday.
Wainwright, who took the loss in an 8-1 rout in Game 1 in Boston, found trouble early after David Ortiz doubled in Dustin Pedroia, who doubled in the previous at-bat, to score the game’s first run three batters into the game.
The decision to not walk Ortiz, who entered 8-for-11 in the World Series, with second base open quickly backfired and put the Cardinals down 1-0.
“I don’t like walking anybody,” Wainwright said. “I got a guy on second already in the first inning. He hit a good pitch. He’s out-of-his-mind hot right now.”
Wainwright retired the next eight batters after Ortiz’s double.
Trouble wouldn’t resurface until the fifth inning when Xander Bogaerts led off with an infield single which was followed by a single to left from David Ross with one out. Wainwright struck out opposing starter Jon Lester and Jacoby Ellsbury to maintain a 1-1 tie, courtesy of Matt Holliday’s solo home run in the fourth.
Wainwright retired the Red Sox in order in the sixth, but the Cardinals ace would run into more trouble in the seventh.
With runners on first and second, David Ross plated the go-ahead run on a ground rule double to left for a 2-1 lead. Two batters later, Ellsbury singled home another run to give the Red Sox a two-run lead. Shane Robinson’s strong throw home on the single saved another run as Ross would be called out at the plate.
Wainwright would be lifted after the seventh and his team down 3-1.
“To be honest, I executed my plan all night long right there until the end of the seventh inning,” Wainwright said. “The seventh inning started off good. Guys made some good swings on me there at the end of the seventh.”
His final line read: 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 SO