The Bottom Line: In a rematch of the 2013 World Series, the Cards got a little bit of revenge against the Boston Red Sox tonight with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory. Matt Adams’ RBI single in the fourth inning broke a scoreless tie, and although the Red Sox came back to take a 2-1 lead in the seventh, the Cards got the last laugh when Jon Jay hit the go-ahead RBI in the eighth inning. Trevor Rosenthal notched his 35th save in the ninth inning to give the Cards the series-opening victory.
Wong and Jay Come Through in Late Innings: With the Cards trailing by a run in the seventh inning, Kolten Wong tied the game with a two-out RBI single that narrowly scored Shane Robinson, whose perfect slide allowed him to dive safely into home plate. Then, Jon Jay knocked a two-out bloop single with runners on the corners to score the game-winning run in the eighth inning. For the second game in a row, the Cards relied on a late-inning comeback with clutch hits to score just enough runs to win the game.
Lynn Sharp in No Decision: Lance Lynn (11-8, 2.89 ERA) tossed seven strong innings, giving up just four hits and two runs, though only one of those runs was earned, as a run came ended up scoring a few batters after Matt Carpenter’s throwing error in the fifth inning.
Holliday Ejected: Matt Holliday was thrown out of the game in the seventh inning for arguing balls and strikes after striking out on three borderline outside pitches. It was the angriest I’ve ever seen Holliday, as he was seen yelling at the home plate umpire from the dugout soon after being ejected.
What’s Next: Former Cardinals starter Joe Kelly (2-2, 4.37 ERA) makes his Red Sox debut when he faces good friend Shelby Miller (8-8, 4.14 ERA) on the mound tomorrow night. The game should be a thrill to watch, with the potential of it turning into a slugfest.