Final, 4-2 Cardinals: The World Series is now tied 1-1.
Hoping to preserve just a two-run deficit, John Farrell had Koji Uehara came in to pitch for the Red Sox in the ninth. Jay flew out to start the inning and Descalso grounded a ball to shortstop that Drew backhanded and Napoli made a snare off the dirt on for the second out. Carpenter then hit a liner to third that Bogaerts made a diving play on for the third out.
Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal came in to try and lock down the save and got Gomes looking to start the bottom of the ninth. He then got Saltalamacchia swinging for the second out and punched out pinch-hitter Daniel Nava to tie the World Series 1-1.
End of the 8th, 4-2 Cardinals: Brandon Workman came in to pitch the eighth and got Adams to line out to left on his first pitch. Molina then hit a deep fly to center field that Ellsbury caught on the warning track, but Craig lined a single up the middle with two outs. Kozam then popped up the second base to end the top of the inning.
Ellsbury led off the bottom of the inning and got on base when Carpenter bobbled his ground ball at second. Victorino struck out looking for the first out of the inning, then Pedroia struck out swinging for the second out. Ortiz hit a ground ball that was too deep for Carpenter to handle at second base, moving Ellsbury to second, but Napoli hit a weak fly to shortstop to put out any chance of a Red Sox rally.
End of the 7th, 4-2 Cardinals: With the lead, Lackey came back out for the seventh and struck out Craig looking for the first out. Freese walked to get a runner on for the Cardinals and Jay singled to right, ending Lackey’s night as Farrell pulled him after 6.1 innings in favor of Craig Breslow. Pete Kozma – running for Freese – and Jay pulled a double steal to get runners at second and third and Descalso drew a walk to load the bases. Carpenter hit a fly out to left field, which drew a throw home from Gomes as Kozma tagged, but he was safe and Breslow overthrew third base, allowing Jay to score and give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead, also allowing Descalso to advance to third. Beltran then singled to right to score Descalso and give the Cardinals a 4-2 lead. Junichi Tazawa came in after the Beltran single and got Holliday to ground out to second to end the inning.
Carlos Martinez came in to pitch for the bottom of the seventh, striking out Saltalamacchia for the first out of the inning. Drew grounded a weak ball to shortstop that Kozma barehanded and threw to first for the second out. Bogaerts then grounded out to shortstop for a 1-2-3 inning for the Cardinals.
End of the 6th, 2-1 Red Sox: Beltran flew out to Ellsbury to start the top of the sixth and Holliday struck out for a quick two outs. Adams hit a base hit through third and short to get a runner on, but Molina grounded out to Pedroia for the third out.
Victorino grounded out to third base to start the Red Sox half of the sixth. Pedroia then walked to get a runner on base, and Ortiz gave the Red Sox a 2-1 lead with his second home run in as many games. Napoli struck out for the second out of the inning and Gomes grounded out to third to end the frame.
End of the 5th, 1-0 Cardinals: Jon Jay hit a fly ball to right center that Ellsbury tracked down for the first out. Descalso then hit a grounder to shortstop that Stephen Drew one-hopped to first base, but Napoli made a great pick to get the second out. Drew then made a stab and spinning throw on a ground ball to get Carpenter out and end the top of the inning.
Saltalamacchia walked to lead off the bottom of the fifth, but Stephen Drew flew out to left for the first out of the inning and Bogaerts struck out for the second. Ellsbury then popped out to third to end the inning; Wacha threw 88 pitches through five innings.
End of the 4th, 1-0 Cardinals: Holliday led off the top of the inning with a shot off the centerfield wall that caromed away from Ellsbury, allowing Holliday to reach third base. Adams then lined one to second base that Pedroia made a diving grab on. Molina then bounced a ground out to second that was slow enough to score Holliday and give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead, their first lead of the series. Lackey then lost an 0-2 count on Craig, who drew a walk, but Freese grounded out to shortstop to end the inning.
Pedroia hit a bullet off of the Green Monster that he turned into a double and Ortiz followed that with a walk to put runners on first and second. Napoli grounded into a 6-4-3 double play that advanced Pedroia to third base, but Gomes popped out to second base, stranding Pedroia at third.
End of the 3d, 0-0: Lackey started the top of the third inning with back-to-back strikeouts of Daniel Descalso and Matt Carpenter. He ended the inning quickly by forcing Beltran to ground out to second base for his first 1-2-3 inning of the game.
Stephen Drew and Xander Bogaerts struck out to start the bottom of the inning, but Ellsbury hit a broken bat single to center for the first Red Sox hit of the game. Victorino then flew out to center to end the inning and strand Ellsbury at first.
End of the 2d, 0-0: Yadier Molina singled to right to start the second inning, but Allen Craig then flew out to right for the first out. David Freese struck out for the second out of the inning, then Jon Jay grounded out to Pedroia to end the top half of the inning.
David Ortiz grounded into the shift for the first out of the of the bottom of the frame, then Mike Napoli walked for the first base runner of the game for the Red Sox. Jonny Gomes flew out to center for the second out and Jarrod Saltalamacchia flew out to the same spot for the third out.
End of the 1st, 0-0: Matt Carpenter led off the game by grounding out to shortstop. Carlos Beltran, who was a game-time decision, singled to left field. Lackey struck out Matt Holliday for the second out of the inning, then got Matt Adams to fly out to Jonny Gomes in left to retire the side.
Jacoby Ellsbury started the bottom of the inning by popping out to third base. Shane Victorino struck out for the second out of the inning and Dustin Pedroia followed with the same to end the inning. Wacha threw 17 pitches in the frame with 12 of them for strikes.
Pregame: After their 8-1 win in Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday night, the Red Sox will try to extend their series lead to two games Thursday night.
The Red Sox are currently on a nine-game World Series winning streak, having also won four straight games in each of the 2004 and 2007 World Series.
John Lackey gets the start for the Red Sox; he will be opposed by Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha. Lackey is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two postseason starts this year. In his Game 3 ALCS start against the Tigers, he threw 6.2 shutout innings, allowing just four hits and recording eight strikeouts, a career postseason high.
Michael Wacha has been lights out in his short postseason career. In three starts this postseason, the 22-year-old is 3-0 and has allowed just one run and eight hits in 21 innings pitched, striking out 22 and walking just four. He was named NLCS MVP after two dominant starts against the Los Angeles Dodgers, becoming the youngest winner of the award since Steve Avery in 1991.
After David Ross caught Game 1 due to his recent success with Jon Lester, Jarrod Saltalamacchia will get the start tonight for the Red Sox after he caught John Lackey’s strong performance in the ALCS.
Prior to the game, the Red Sox welcomed back former Red Sox players Pedro Martinez, Derek Lowe, and Trot Nixon, who helped the Red Sox end their 86-year championship drought. The three spoke at a press conference two hours before the game. They will also be on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Commissioner Bud Selig also held a press conference before the game, in which Mariano Rivera was presented a Historic Achievement Award by the commissioner.
As they did in Game 1, MLB has dedicated Game 2 to the work of a specific group: the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Military Youth of the Year, RaShaan Allen, will deliver the first ball to the mound along with Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who is a Boys & Girls Clubs of America alumnus himself.
The National Anthem for the game will be sung by five-time Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter James Taylor. He will also be on hand to perform “God Bless America” prior to the seventh inning stretch.