Young breaks tie in 13th, Red Sox rally past Cardinals 5-4

Young breaks tie in 13th, Red Sox rally past Cardinals 5-4

Young breaks tie in 13th, Red Sox rally past Cardinals 5-4

Both the Red Sox and Cardinals, who kick off a quick two-game set in St. Louis on Tuesday night, will have starting lineups that look nearly entirely different from the teams that started Game 6 of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park. But after two big wins, they now are off to Oakland where they need to take advantage against the 17-23 Athletics.

After being shut out for the first six innings, the Red Sox cut the lead to 4-2 in the seventh on a two-run homer from Bradley, his second in as many games. They're getting on-base and hitting among the best teams in the game, so why is it that they're 16th in runs scored?

The homer also was the first run the Cardinals have allowed in the first inning in 21 home games this season.

Before Wednesday, the Cardinals were 19-0 this season when leading after seven innings.

That matched the mark set by Jacoby Ellsbury, who hit 10 in 715 games over six-plus seasons with the Red Sox from 2007 through 2013.

(2/3 of an inning), Matt Barnes (1/3 of an inning), Joe Kelly (2/3 of an inning), Robbie Scott (1/3 of an inning), Craig Kimbrel (one inning), Heath Hembree (one inning) and finally Ben Taylor (one inning, save).

"We keep talking about how we're going to improve defensively, and we're working on it", manager Mike Matheny said. "We couldn't put hits on top of each other".

Contreras 2 HRs, Butler 6 scoreless, Cubs stop Cardinals 3-2
Braves 8, Marlins 4: Tyler Flowers homered and drove in four runs to help Atlanta end a six-game losing streak by beating Miami. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina must have agreed with Happ, because he threw the ball to the Cubs' dugout to save it.

Trevor Rosenthal, who had not given up a run in seven appearances this month, relieved Leake and allowed Boston to tie the game in the eighth. Aledmys Diaz bunted for a single and Magneuris Sierra turned a weak curveball into an RBI single. Kolten Wong followed with an RBI double, and Tommy Pham's run-scoring groundout made it 4-0.

Rick Porcello's year has been tougher to decipher - with a 4.05 ERA entering Wednesday's start that has been inflated by a couple tough outings and an abnormally high home run rate.

Tuivailala on giving up the run in extras. The Cardinals had a pregame ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of the 1967 team that defeated the Red Sox in the World Series.

Betts went 1 for 5 and is batting.371 (13 for 35) with five homers and five doubles over his last eight games. Xander Bogaerts has hit the cover off the ball all season but has just 11 RBIs to show for it. Andrew Benintendi has a comfortable.290 average with an 118 wRC+ but is 0-for-his last 22 and is falling victim to that proverbial sophomore slump he avoided for so long. INF Pablo Sandoval (knee sprain) could begin a rehab assignment Friday.

Cardinals: INF Jhonny Peralta (upper respiratory) and RF Stephen Piscotty (right hamstring) could both be activated from the disabled list this weekend.

Velazquez is being promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket, where he fashioned a 1.55 ERA this season. LHP Tyler Lyons (right intercostal strain) is expected to make one more rehab start in the minors. After a day off Thursday, the Cardinals will send RHP Michael Wacha to the mound Friday night against the San Francisco Giants.

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