Red Sox win 7-6
Aaron Bates reached on a two-base error with one out. With two outs, Josh Reddick doubed to score pinch runner Darnell McDonald. Then the Taiwan Terror, Che-Hsuan Lin, singled to win it.
4:14 p.m., Bottom of the 9th, Cardinals 6, Red Sox 5
Patterson got a 1-2-3 double-play, walked the bases loaded again and then got John Jay to pop to left. Great job by him. Now the Sox will try and rally.
Middle of the 9th, Cardinals 6, Red Sox 5
Alas, Randor Bierd was not up to the task. Single, single, error, single, single, HBP. Three runs in, bases loaded, nobody out for Scott Patterson.
3:53 p.m., Top of the 9th, Red Sox 5, Cardinals 3
Lin walked as did Sanchez with two outs. Then Jose Iglesias lined a home run that snuck over the fence in left to give the Sox the lead. Nice rip by the kid, who has shown a better bat than was advertised.
Randor Bierd stays in for the ninth to try and close it out.
3:37 p.m., Middle of the 8th, Cardinals 3, Red Sox 2
With two outs and a runner on first, Donovan Solano hit what looked like a routine, if hard-hit, grounder to shortstop. But the ball struck umpire Toby Basner in the leg and Solano was safe. Shane Robinson followed with a single and Daryl Jones with a two-run double.
Richardson then left the game with an apparent injury.
3:18 p.m., Top of the 8th, Red Sox 2, Cardinals 1
Manny allowed a run on the double, two walks and a fielder's choice. The Sox went in order in the bottom of the inning. Dustin Richardson, the big lefty, now pitching.
3:01 p.m.: Top of the 7th, Red Sox 2, Cardinals 0
So much for the no-hitter. Shane Robinson doubled to the wall in center off Delcarmen. (Joe Castiglione voice) Now Manny has to worry about holding onto the lead. ... For all your auto glass needs, call 1-800-54-GIANT.
2:57 p.m., Top of the 7th, Red Sox 2, Cardinals 0
Manny Delcarmen in. Sox have yet to allow a hit.
2:50 p.m., Bottom of the 6th Red Sox 2, Cardinals 0
The Red Sox just announced that they signed 13 players to one-year contracts. These are all 0-3 service time players who basically have no choice but to take whatever deal the team offers. Whatever they make over the minimum is usually based on service time. Those signed were Daniel Bard, Michael Bowden, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront, Ramon A. Ramirez and Dustin Richardson; catchers Dusty Brown and Mark Wagner; infielders Aaron Bates, Tug Hulett and Jed Lowrie; and outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Josh Reddick.
2:43 p.m., Top of the 6th, Red Sox 2, Cardinals 0
The lineup now:
Meanwhile, the Sox have not allowed a hit through six innings. The pitching line: 6 0 0 0 1 7.
2:36 p.m., Bottom of the 5th, Red Sox 2, Cardinals 0
First things first, Beckett was very pleased with his outing. Not so much by the results but by the way he threw the ball. He worked low in the strike zone and was able to get some bad swings at his changeup.
As for the game, the Sox now lead 2-0. David Ortiz dumped an opposite field single into left field then scored (well, collapsed on the plate) when Reddick crushed a triple to the gap in right. Mike Cameron lined hard to center but Rasmus made a nice running catch to end the inning.
Papelbon and Okajima each threw scoreless innings. Ramon Ramirez on next.
2:03 p.m., Bottom of the 3rd, Red Sox 1, Cardinals 0
The Sox loaded the bases with two outs against Trever Miller but could not score as Bill Hall flew to right. Jonathan Papelbon replaces Beckett on the mound.
Need to go get Beckett in the clubhouse. Back later with more updates.
1:49 p.m., Red Sox 1, Cardinals 0
Beckett was perfect through three innings. He threw 34 pitches, 24 strikes and struck out three. He went to a three-ball count, to the final batter he faced. Then he fanned Greene on a fastball looking. That will be it for Josh today.
1:27 p.m., Middle of the 2nd, Cardinals 1, Red Sox 0
Were this a Red Sox friend you'd be calling your friends to make sure they were watching because Beckett looks like he's doing to do something special. Six up, six down. 21 pithes, 16 strikes. Of those five balls, three of them were close, too. Beckett has great fastball command today and is throwing his secondary stuff for strikes. Very impressive so far.
1:39 p.m., Red Sox 1, Cardinals 0
J.D. Drew tripled to the gap in left, the ball eluding the center fielder. Cameron struck out looking on a high pitch but Hall dumped a single into left to score Drew. After Sanchez grounded into a force play, Scutaro singled. With runners on the corners, Pedroia grounded to shortstop.
1:19 p.m., End of the 1st, Cardinals 0, Red Sox 0
Scutaro led off with a single up the middle. Pedroia, who has been hammering the ball all spring, lined to right. After Martinez flew to center, Youkilis was hit by a pitch on the hand. Ortiz had a chance to do some damage but shattered his bat on a grounder to second base.
1:09 p.m., Cardinals 0, Red Sox coming up
Perfect inning for Josh Beckett. Two groundballs to shortstop that Scutaro snapped up and then he got Molina to pop to right field. Eight pitches, seven strikes including a sweet 1-1 curveball to Molina that he took.
1:03 p.m., Top of the 1st inning, Cardinals 0, Red Sox 0
Josh Beckett is warming up.