David Ortiz’s two-run homerun in the sixth inning gave the Boston Red Sox a 2-1 lead, but the lead was short-lived.
The St. Louis Cardinals scored three runs in the top of the seventh and went on to win Game 2, 4-2, to even the series at one apiece.
Gary Tanguay, Lou Merloni and Tony Massarotti on Playoff Central talked about the seventh inning difference making plays.
“[Mike] Matheny kind of beat the Red Sox at their own game,” Massarotti said. “The Red Sox like to run on pitchers that are slow to the plate, pick their spots, run when they can run. We haven’t talked much a lot about St. Louis’ running game coming into this series. They had first and second with no exceptional base stealers on the base paths and they took two bases. And those were huge.”
Even though the Cardinals don’t run much, they took advantage of an opportunity to lead to a big seventh inning.
“Pete Kozma was three-for-four this year in stolen base attempts,” Merloni said. “That was a huge play by him right there, by that team. Good call.”