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Cardinals play sloppy, strand six in 8-1 Game 1 loss

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

(BaseballStL) -- Adam Wainwright has few weaknesses. One of them is the first inning.

In 2013, hitters posted a .326/.358/.518 slash line agains the Cardinal ace in the opening frame, and Boston jumped on him early in Game 1. 

Wainwright fell behind 2-0 to Jacoby Ellsbury before walking him on a 3-2 count. After Shane Victorino lined out hard to left, Dustin Pedroia singled to set up David Ortiz. 

Ortiz hit what looked to be an inning-ending double play, but Pete Kozma couldn't handle the flip from Matt Carpenter, and the play was botched. 

Pedroia was initially called out at second by umpire Dana DeMuth, who said Kozma dropped the ball on the exchange. After a huddle by the umps, the call was reversed. A replay showed Kozma never caught the ball, and the decision to put Pedroia back on base was correct. 

Wainwright fell behind 2-0 to Mike Napoli before the Red Sox first baseman doubled all three runners home to give Boston a 3-0 lead in the first inning. 

The Cardinal starter was behind three batters in the first, all of whom reached base. 

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Calamity continued to rule in the second, when Yadier Molina and Wainwright allowed an infield pop up to drop between them. A single and an error followed, leading to a bases loaded 3-2 count to Pedroia. He singled home a run before Ortiz nearly ended things early with a grand slam. Carlos Beltran tracked the ball to the wall and over it, bringing it back and keeping the damage to one run. 

The play would prove a painful one for Beltran, who is playing in his first World Series. He was pulled the next inning after he injured his ribs on the wall, as Jon Jay took over center field and Shane Robinson took up duties in right. Beltran is day-to-day with the injury.

In all, Wainwright threw 60 pitches (36 for strikes), allowed five hits and five runs in the first two innings. He was behind six batters to start, and three errors (though the dropped pop up is not considered official) certainly didn't help.  

"We had a wake-up call. That is not the kind of team that we've been all season," said manager Mike matheny.  "And they're frustrated. I'm sure embarrassed to a point. " 

Wainwright would settle in and last five innings, sparing the young bullpen arms. The Cardinal bats nearly got to Lester the second time through, loading the bases before David Freese ended the rally with a double play. 

Jay would get a chance in the fifth, when Robinson and Carpenter made it to second and third, but the young outfielder grounded out to end the threat. The Cardinals left six men on as they scattered five hits and struck out 10 times. 

"[Jon Lester] kept us off balance and made pitches all night. And so that's kind of what we expected and we just expected for us to, one, obviously put some runs on the board, but also keep them off," said Matheny. "We had a tough time doing the latter."

Ortiz was not done, taking another ball over the fence in the seventh inning- this time for good. It was the first home run Kevin Siegrist allowed to a lefty all season, and it pushed the deficit to seven.

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The final would be 8-1, as Matt Holliday broke the goose egg in the top of the ninth with a towering solo home run off Ryan Dempster, before Matt Adams ended the game with a strikeout.

Game 2 will see Michael Wacha take the hill, in what the Cardinal skipper hopes will be a redemption effort. 

"We get an opportunity to show the kind of baseball we played all season long and it didn't look anything like what we saw tonight," he said. "It's just a matter of having a short memory and realizing that that's not who we are, and fixing it as soon as possible."


JJ Bailey covers the Cardinals for and the BaseballStL app. Follow him on twitter @TheJJBailey and on @baseballstl_app for updates.  

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