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With the infield in, Jay hit a grounder to diving second baseman Dustin Pedroia. He made a sensational stab and threw home to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who tagged out the sliding Molina.
Bogaerts opened the fifth with a triple that banged up right fielder Beltran couldn't quite reach. The rookie later scored on a grounder by pinch hitter Mike Carp.
But then Saltalamacchia threw wide of third while trying to get Craig. After the ball got by, Middlebrooks, with his stomach on the field, raised both legs and tripped Craig, slowing him down as he tried to take off for home plate.
Slumping Shane Victorino drew a leadoff walk from Kelly in the sixth and wound up scoring the tying run. Ortiz grounded a single off lefty reliever Randy Choate, and Nava greeted Seth Maness with an RBI single that made it 2 all.
"I'm in shock right now," Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said. "Wow, it's unbelievable."
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It was a tough inning for Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow. Matt Carpenter reached safely when he checked his swing on an infield single to shortstop. Carlos Beltran was grazed on the elbow pad by a pitch making no effort to get out of the way.
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Brandon Workman jammed Holliday and retired the slugger on a routine fly with two on to end the bottom of the eighth. That sent the game to the ninth tied at 4.
out in the ninth off loser Brandon Workman. Craig, just back from a sprained foot, pinch hit and lined Koji Uehara's first pitch down the left field line for a double that put runners on second and third.
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It was Middlebrooks' first inning in the field. He entered as a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh and took over at third base in the bottom half.
The Red Sox scored twice in the eighth inning to tie it 4 all. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single and Shane Victorino was hit by a pitch for the sixth time this postseason. Both runners moved up on Pedroia's groundout, and David Ortiz was intentionally walked.
That shifted Bogaerts to shortstop and neither one was able to make the difficult defensive play Boston needed in that inning.
A walk off win? More like a trip off.
Their fielding woes from Game 1 far behind them, the slick fielding Cardinals made several sharp plays. Kelly barehanded a one hopper, Carpenter threw out a runner from his knees up the middle and third baseman David Freese backhanded a line drive.
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Cardinals starter Joe Kelly, one of the few major league pitchers to wear glasses on the mound, set down his first nine batters. The Red Sox seemed to see him better the next time around in coming back from a 2 0 deficit.
Beltran, in fact, almost appeared to stick his elbow out just a tiny bit to make sure the ball made contact.
Wong went to second for the forceout, but Nava beat the relay and Ellsbury scored to make it 4 3. Xander Bogaerts tied it when he chopped a single up the middle.
It was as crazy an ending in a World Series game as anyone had seen, and created a wild scene at home plate. The Cardinals rushed out to congratulate an ailing Craig while the Red Sox rushed to the exact same spot to argue the call.
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Tazawa then got a couple of strikeouts and prevented further damage.
at third. The ball kicked into the left field corner and Holliday went all the way to third on the throw to the plate.
Third baseman Will Middlebrooks tripped Craig after a wild throw got away following Jon Jay's ninth inning grounder.
Daniel Nava drove in one with a short hop grounder that was smothered by second baseman Kolten Wong, who had just entered on defense in a double switch.
Craig returned for this Series from a sprained left foot that had sidelined him since early September. After an awkward slide on the final play, he hobbled off the field in apparent discomfort.
"It's part of the game," Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday said. "The guy was in his way. . We'll take it."
Holliday's two run double puts the Cardinals on top 4 2 in the seventh.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny went to hard throwing closer Trevor Rosenthal with the bases loaded, hoping for a five out save from a rookie who has looked almost untouchable this October. But the Red Sox pushed two runs across.
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