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There will be no sweep this time for the Red Sox.
The Cardinals rally for three runs in the seventh inning to beat Boston, 4-2 in Game 2 of the World Series Thursday night. The series now shifts to St.Louis tied at one game a piece for games 3, 4 and 5 starting Saturday night.
David Ortiz put Boston up 2-1 in the sixth on a two-run homer into the Monster seats but the Red Sox bullpen couldn't hold it.
John Lackey deserved a better fate, pitching 6 1/3 innings (5H, 3R, 6K,2BB) and leaving with two runners on in the seventh. But Craig Breslow walked Daniel Descalso and then surrendered a game-tying sacrifice fly to Matt Carpenter. Catcher Jarod Saltalamacchia couldn't handle Jonny Gomes throw from left for one error and Breslow compounded it by overthrowing third base trying to get Jon Jay, who walked home to give the Cardinals the 3-2 lead. Carlos Beltran, who played despite a rib contusion suffered in game 1, lined an RBI single to provide some insurance.
Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal slammed the door on the Sox following up a solid six innings from starter and winning pitcher Michael Wacha (6IP, 3H, 2R, 4BB, 6K).
Game 3 is Saturday in St.Louis with Jake Peavy facing Joe Kelly.
The loss was the first in 10 World Series games dating back to 2004.