Game Report: Red Sox 5, Cardinals 4 (13 innings)

By Rob Rains

There were plenty of pitches which followed, but the Cardinals thought the game against the Red Sox Wednesday night at Busch Stadium turned on one pitch from Trevor Rosenthal to Dustin Pedroia in the eighth inning.

The Cardinals were leading 4-2 at the time, and manager Mike Matheny thought Rosenthal had Pedroia struck out on a 2-2 pitch which instead was called a ball. Instead of having two outs and nobody on base, Pedroai later walked.

Xander Bogaerts followed with his second triple of the game, cutting the lead to 4-3, and he then scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly.

The Red Sox, who had trailed 4-0 after the second inning, later won the game in the 13th on a two-out double from Mitch Moreland and a single from pinch-hitter Chris Young.

“That’s a shame,” Matheny said of the pitch to Pedroia. “That’s strike three. That’s a different game. I thought it was a shaky strike zone and I thought it happened a number of times in big situations. We’re never ones to make excuses but it’s a fact, a number of pitches got missed in big situations and it ended up hurting pretty bad.”

Rosenthal had not allowed a run, and had given up only one hit and one walk, in seven appearances in May before Wednesday night.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: Dexter Fowler hit his fifth homer of the season leading off the bottom of the first … In the second the Cardinals added to the lead with four consecutive hits, a double from Yadier Molina, singles by Aledmys Diaz and Magneuris Sierra and a double from Kolten Wong, before the final run scored on a ground out by Tommy Pham. The Cardinals left the bases loaded, and didn’t have a serious scoring chance the rest of the game … Sierra had two singles, extending his streak to seven consecutive games with at least one hit to start his career, matching the franchise record.

On the mound:
Mike Leake shut out the Red Sox through the first six innings before Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer in the seventh … All seven runs Leake has allowed in his last three games have scored on home runs … Leake’s ERA rose from 1.94 to 2.03 … Sam Tuivailala took the loss, allowing the go-ahead run in his second inning of relief.

Key stat: A throwng error by Diaz and a fielding error by Molina for not catching a foul popup increased the Cardinals’ error total for the year to 34, the most in the National League. The Cardinals have not led the NL in errors since 1958.

Worth noting: Neither Stephen Piscotty or Jhonny Peralta played for Springfield or Memphis on Wednesday in their respective rehab assignments … Sierra stole the first base of his major-league career but was called out on strikes in his last three at-bats. He could be heading back to the minor leagues as soon as Friday … This was the first game the Cardinals have lost when Sierra was in the starting lineup.

Looking ahead: After another day off on Thursday, the second in four days, the Cardinals will host the Giants over the weekend. Michael Wacha will get the start on Friday night, his first appearance since May 7 after he was skipped in the last turn through the rotation. Matt Moore is scheduled to start for the Giants.

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