Game Report: Red Sox 10, Cardinals 4

Mike Matheny said before the Cardinals left for Boston that he did not have many happy memories of Fenway Park. That didn’t change on Tuesday night.

Matheny, who was a player when the Cardinals were swept by the Red Sox in the 2004 World Series and the manager when they lost the 2013 World Series, saw his team give up eight runs in the span of 10 batters in the fifth inning as the Red Sox won the opener of the two-game series.

Mike Leake was charged with seven of those runs, although three scored after Matt Bowman took over with the bases loaded.

The eight runs matched the most allowed by the Cardinals in an inning this year. The Rockies also scored eight in the eighth inning in a game in Colorado on May 26.

The outburst came one inning after Yadier Molina grounded into a 5-4-3 triple play in the fourth inning.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: In addition to the triple play, the Cardinals also hit into two double plays in the first five innings … They trailed 9-0 before scoring three runs in the sixth, two driven in on a double by Dexter Fowler. Carson Kelly hit for Molina and singled in Fowler … Paul DeJong got the other RBI in the eighth with his second hit of the game, which raised his season average to an even .300 … Luke Voit replaced Matt Carpenter in the sixth and was 2-for-2 with a single and double … Fowler had two singles to go along with his double … The Cardinals’ six through nine hitters were a combine 1-for-14.

On the mound: Leake gave up four consecutive hits but only one run in the first inning, but wasn’t as lucky in the fifth as he allowed seven consecutive hitters to reach base on five hits, a hit batter and an intentional walk and all seven came around to score as he fell to 1-4 in six starts since the All-Star break … Bowman allowed three consecutive hits after he entered the game before he was finally able to get the final two outs and end the 13-batter inning … The Red Sox added a run off Brett Cecil in the sixth but he was able to get out of a bases-loaded jam on a fly to the warning track in center … John Brebbia and Sam Tuivailala each worked a scoreless inning.

Key stat: Fowler’s three hits improved his average since moving into the cleanup spot to an even .500 (8-of-16). He also has eight RBIs in the five games he has hit fourth and has reached base in 15 of 23 plate appearances, drawing seven walks.

Worth noting: Molina became the first player in Cardinals history to hit into two triple plays. He also hit into the last one turned against the Cardinals, by the Pirates, on May 9, 2015 … Leake hit two batters in a game for the third time this year. Prior to this season he had done that only twice in his career … Stephen Piscotty hit his third homer in five games for Memphis on Tuesday night and is six-for-20 since he was optioned back to Triple A.

Looking ahead: Lance Lynn will get the start in the final game against the Red Sox on Wednesday night, facing Eduardo Rodriguez.