LOUIS (Reuters) – A three-run home run by unexpected starter Jonny Gomes lifted the Boston Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday that tied the best-of-seven World Series 2-2.
Gomes, inserted into the lineup just before the game when outfielder Shane Victorino was scratched due to tightness in his back, welcomed reliever Seth Maness with a drive over the fence in left-center with two men aboard in the sixth inning to snap a 1-1 tie.
LOUIS (Reuters) – Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers and Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks were selected as the American and National League winners of the Hank Aaron Award, given to the most outstanding offensive player, it was announced on Sunday.
It was Cabrera’s second consecutive season winning the AL award, which was determined through fan voting on MLB.com and by a special panel of Hall of Fame players, led by Aaron.
LOUIS (Reuters) – Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals and Boston’s Jon Lester will reprise their Game One duel in Monday’s crucial fifth game of the World Series with both pitchers going in with something to prove at Busch Stadium.
Wainwright was out of sorts in the opener of the best-of-seven at Fenway Park, and the St. Louis ace said he was eager for another chance after the Red Sox prevailed 8-1 to begin the Fall Classic.
LOUIS (Reuters) – Even the masters of the rules had to admit the ending to Saturday’s Game Three of the World Series was well out of the ordinary.
An obstruction ruling at third base turned an apparent double play that would send the contest into extra innings into a sudden 5-4 walk-off win for the St. Louis Cardinals and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
LOUIS (Reuters) – The St. Louis Cardinals scored a controversial winning run on an obstruction call in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 in a wild finish to Game Three of the World Series on Saturday.
The dramatic ending gave St. Louis a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Fall Classic.
LOUIS (Reuters) – St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran was honored by Major League Baseball as winner of the Roberto Clemente Award on Saturday for his positive contributions on and off the field.
Beltran was cited for his commitment to helping young people in St. Louis, especially those in the Latino community, through his foundation, and for making a difference in his native Puerto Rico through the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy.
By Larry Fine
(Reuters) – The Cardinals went from a team beginning to wobble on the ropes to an optimistic outfit looking to turn home field advantage into a knockout punch as the World Series shifts to St. Louis.
With the best-of-seven series tied 1-1, the Fall Classic has turned into a best-of-five with the next three games in the Gateway City, starting with Game Three on Saturday.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Boston had grown accustomed to bullying opponents into submission in the World Series but the Red Sox realize they have a fight on their hands after the St Louis Cardinals rallied to win at Fenway Park on Thursday.
“We fully expected this to be a hard-fought series,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the visiting Cards dealt Boston a 4-2 defeat at a chilly Fenway Park to tie up the best-of-seven series at 1-1.
BOSTON (Reuters) – The St Louis Cardinals turned the tables on Boston by taking full advantage of some sloppy Red Sox fielding to level the World Series at 1-1 on the back of a 4-2 victory at Fenway Park on Thursday.
The Cardinals, who committed three errors in losing Game One of the best-of-seven series 8-1 a day earlier, latched on to a pair of miscues in the seventh inning to score three runs and overhaul the hosts.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Controversy was in the air before Thursday’s Game Two of the World Series as Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester denied allegations that he cheated in Wednesday’s 8-1 win over the Cardinals in the series opener.
Cardinals minor leaguer Tyler Melling tweeted a picture of Lester appearing to rub a slimy green substance on the ball during his outing, and wondered on the social networking website whether he was using Vaseline to make his pitches harder to hit.