ST. LOUIS – Tim Wakefield was only supposed to pitch if the game headed into extra innings and Josh Beckett was only to be used in an absolute emergency. With the AL leading 4-3 heading into the 9th, it would take an NL 9th-inning rally to get the knuckleballer in the game.
Kevin Youkilis got his first chance in the eighth inning and singled to center. Jason Bay went 1-for-2 with a first-inning single. Jonathan Papelbon had that eventful 7th inning where Brad Hawpe was robbed of a homer on a great catch by Carl Crawford.
Ryan Howard stranded runners in scoring position in the 8th when he struck out against Twins closer Joe Nathan.