St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning during game two of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Jared Wickerham/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports
BOSTON -- Just eight outs from taking a 2-0 lead in the World Series, the Boston Red Sox imploded.
Or, the St. Louis Cardinals were opportunistic.
Some combination of the two led to a three-run rally that gave the Cardinals a 4-2 lead that won Game 2 of the World Series.
A David Ortiz two-run homer gave Boston a 2-1 lead, and starter John Lackey was cruising, throwing just 80 pitches.
But Lackey gave up a leadoff walk, and a Jon Jay single chased him with one out in the seventh.
Reliever Craig Breslow then walked No. 9 hitter Daniel Descalso and gave up a game-tying sacrifice fly to Matt Carpenter. His throwing error after backing up home allowed the go-ahead run to score.
Carlos Beltran's RBI single finished Breslow and made it 4-2.
Say this for Ortiz, however: he figured out St. Louis rookie phenom Michael Wacha.
Ortiz's two-run home run with one out in the sixth inning broke Wacha's streak of 18 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings in the postseason and gave the Red Sox a 2-1 lead.
Ortiz hit an opposite-field drive over the Green Monster in left field after Dustin Pedroia drew a one-out walk. It was Ortiz's fifth home run of this postseason and 17th of his career.
Until then, Wacha was working on a two-hit shutout and had allowed only one run and 10 hits in 26 1/3 innings during the postseason. He pitched 13 2/3 scoreless innings in two starts against the Los Angeles Dodgers to win Most Valuable Player honors in the National League Championship Series.
In his last regular-season start on Sept. 24, Wacha lost a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning on an infield single by Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.
The Cardinals scored their first run in the fourth inning when Matt Holliday tripled off John Lackey to lead off and scored on Yadier Molina's ground out.
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