User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Obstruction call gives Cards win in Game 3

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Third baseman Will Middlebrooks tripped Allen Craig for a game-ending obstruction call on Jon Jay's ninth-inning grounder, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a bizarre 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night and a 2-1 World Series lead.

Advertisement
Boston had tied the score with two runs in the eighth, and Yadier Molina singled with one out in the ninth off loser Brandon Workman. Craig pinch hit and lined Koji Uehara's first pitch down the left-field line for a double that put runners on second and third.

With the infield in, Jay hit a grounder to diving second baseman Dustin Pedroia. He threw home to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who tagged out the sliding Molina. Saltalamacchia threw offline past third, and Middlebrooks, with his stomach on the field, raised both legs and tripped Craig.

''I'm in shock right now,'' Molina said. ''Wow, it's unbelievable.''

Third base umpire Jim Joyce immediately signaled obstruction, and even though a sliding Craig was tagged by Saltalamacchia at the plate following the throw by left fielder Daniel Nava, plate umpire Dana DeMuth signaled safe and then pointed to third, making clear the obstruction had been called.

''It's part of the game,'' Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday said. ''The guy was in his way. ... We'll take it.''

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Holliday's two-run double puts the Cardinals on top 4-2 in the seventh.

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.

Beltran, in fact, almost appeared to stick his elbow out just a tiny bit to make sure the ball made contact.

Junichi Tazawa came on and Holliday pulled a grounder past Middlebrooks at third. The ball kicked into the left-field corner and Holliday went all the way to third on the throw to the plate.

Tazawa then got a couple of strikeouts and prevented further damage.

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.

That shifted Bogaerts to shortstop - and neither one was able to make the difficult defensive play Boston needed in that inning.

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.

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.

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.

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.

St. Louis quickly broke ahead, scoring in the first inning for the first time this October on RBI singles by Holliday and Molina. After the Cardinals got three hits in a span of four pitches, Red Sox reliever Felix Doubront began heating up in a hurry before Jake Peavy settled down.

Peavy wriggled out of bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth to keep the Cardinals' lead at 2-0. He got some help, too, from St. Louis third base coach Jose Oquendo.

With runners on first and second, Jon Jay hit a sharp single to center. The Red Sox were conceding a run and ready to let Molina score from second, but Oquendo held up the slow-footed catcher.

Peavy actually lowered his career postseason ERA by more than a full run, down to 9.27 in five winless starts.

A day before Kelly and Peavy faced each other, they sounded totally different.

Kelly kidded about his pregame preparation: He stays up all night taking on his Twitter followers, shooting away in ''Call of Duty,'' the popular first-person war video game.

Peavy, meanwhile, was already ramped up and ready to go.

''This is what I've lived for my whole life,'' he said Friday. ''I'm as prepared as I'll ever be, physically, mentally.''

NOTES: Cardinals Hall of Famers Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith and Red Schoendienst took part in the first-ball festivities, with fan favorite Willie McGee tossing the pitch. ... At 21, Bogaerts became the third-youngest player to hit a triple in a World Series. Ty Cobb and Mickey Mantle did it at 20. ... Molina has a six-game hitting streak in World Series play. ... The family of late umpire Wally Bell was in the stands. Bell died at 48 this month, and the six-man crew is wearing patches to honor him. Bell's first plate job in the World Series was at this ballpark in 2006.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2016
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Fernandez sharp, Marlins hammer Rays
Pirates crush D-Backs, 'over' hits again
Royals' Moustakas on DL with torn ACL
Braves OF suspended through Aug. 1
Alex Rodriguez back off DL, Teixeira out
Teen pitcher to make debut for Dodgers
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
16-3 +1,393 L19, 21-6 +1,731 Run
8-0 G-Plays, 27-12 +1,543 L39
7-1 L8, 38-13 Guarantees TY
11-3 G-Plays, +1,727 This Year
7-2 L9, 25-11 Guarantees TY
3-1 L4, 11-3 L14, 23-7 +1,726 L30
7-2, +545 Last 9 G-Plays
4-0 Record Last 2 Days
52-33 Run, 24-8 L32 Guarantees
9-1 Last 10 MLB Totals
4-2, +269 L6 Guarantees
8-4 Last 12 MLB Picks
+1,291 Net Profits This Year
3-0 L3, 8-3 +500 L11 Plays
12-5 L17 MLB Selections
4-1 L5, 10-4 +608 G-Plays
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2016 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
John Fisher + 1840
Micah Roberts + 1727
Jim Feist + 1555
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Nelson + 1294
Chip Chirimbes + 868
Bill Marzano + 751
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 1179
NeiltheGreek + 970
Michael Black + 705
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2308
Jim Feist + 1509
Chip Chirimbes + 1315
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 1594
Jim Feist + 1180
Marc Lawrence + 974
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 1236
Joe Nelson + 949
Michael Black + 917
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership