Recap - World Series Game 3: Sox obstruct their way to a loss

Jim Monaghan
Contributing writer

Will Middlebrooks was called for obstruction following a bad throw from Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the bottom of the ninth inning to hand the Cardinals a 5-4 win in Game 3 of the World Series.

With two on and one out, Jon Jay hit a grounder to a drawn-in Dustin Pedroia who threw to Saltalamacchia to get Yadier Molina out at home. Allen Craig moved to third on the play and scored when the umpires called interference by third baseman Middlebrooks as he tried to corral a throw by Saltalamacchia.

The Cardinals scored twice on four hits in the first inning off Red Sox starter Jake Peavy whose struggles in the postseason continue. Matt Carpenter led the inning off with a single, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Carlos Beltran. Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina each delivered RBI singles and just like that, the Red Sox were in a 2-0 hole.

Peavy would escape a major jam in the bottom of the fourth when the Cardinals loaded the bases with no one out and failed to score. Peavy struck out Pete Kozma and induced infield popups by Joe Kelly and Carpenter.

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Boston cut the lead in half in the top of the fifth inning. Rookie Xander Bogaerts led off with a triple and eventually scored on an RBI groundout by pinch hitter Mike Carp. They tied the game an inning later on a Daniel Nava single that scored Shane Victorino.

The Cardinals took the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning thanks to some ineffective pitching by Craig Breslow and some shaky defense by Bogaerts on a throw pulling David Ortiz off the bag at first, and a two-RBI double by Holliday down the third base line past a diving Will Middlebrooks.

Boston tied the game in the eighth on an RBI groundout by Daniel Nava and Bogaerts' second hit of the game.

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