---- — Red Sox 8, Cards 1
STAT OF THE GAME: Three errors, St. Louis. It was not a banner day for the Cardinals, who played a sloppy game compared to what we saw when the Red Sox met the Detroit Tigers. Shortstop Pete Kozma committed two of them, including the biggie in the first inning on what appeared to be an easy force play at second base and possible double play with David Ortiz running.
READY FOR PRIME TIME?: The St. Louis Cardinals started out of the box like a, well, tortoise. After going quietly 1-2-3 in the top of the first, the Red Sox extended a decent inning into a 3-run laugher thanks to botching an easy force play at second base, dropped by shortstop Pete Kozma, which was capped off by a bases-clearing double by Mike Napoli. Pitcher Adam Wainwright started by walking Jacoby Ellsbury and eventually threw 31 pitches in the first inning.
WORTH IT?: It was the play of the game by Cards rightfielder Carlos Beltran, stealing a grandslam from David Ortiz. The only problem was the Sox were ahead 4-0 at the time, and it could’ve been 8-0, but Beltran injured a rib on the play as he hit the bullpen wall. Beltran is one of the most experienced Cards at the plate and losing him hurts their chances greatly.
MR. WORLD SERIES: First baseman Mike Napoli’s three-RBI double in the bottom of the first inning gives him 13 RBIs in World Series action, having played for the Rangers in 2011. In fact, he has played in the postseason six times over his eight-year career, which started in 2006 with the Angels.
He has now hit safely in seven of the eight World Series tilts he has played.
ACE IS ACE: Red Sox starter Jon Lester gave his team a shot in the arm last night while Wainwright struggled. He got out of two rallies in which the Cards loaded the bases in the fourth (double play) and got men on second and third in the fifth with two outs. Lester pitched 6 2/3 innings and has now pitched 13 consecutive scoreless innings in World Series action.
STREAKS: Sox shortstop Stephen Drew’s second inning single broke a streak of 11 consecutive at bats without a hit. He was 2-for-29 entering the at bat ... Cards catcher Yadier Molina played in his 16th straight World Series game last night ... In 16 postseason appearances, Wainwright allowed more than two runs only once before last night’s five runs ... Napoli’s six straight games hitting safely ties him with Derek Jeter among active players.
TONIGHT’S GAME: Sox John Lackey vs. Cards Michael Wacha, 8 p.m., Fox Sports.