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St.  Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com)  - Jon Jay hit a go-ahead RBI single in the 
bottom  of the eighth inning to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 win over 
the Boston Red Sox in their first meeting since last year's World Series. 

A.J. Pierzynski poked a two-out single to left against Junichi Tazawa (1-3) in 
the  eighth before  Oscar Taveras  lined  a base  hit to  right-center to  put 
runners  on  the corners. Jay then  fisted a looping single into shallow left- 
center  to  plate the go-ahead run  and ex-Red Sox catcher Pierzynski, who was 
designated for assignment by Boston on July 9. 

Trevor  Rosenthal tossed a scoreless ninth to notch his 35th save of the year, 
while Pat Neshek (5-0) struck out the side in the eighth to earn the win. 

Pierzynski  finished 2-for-3, while starter Lance Lynn allowed two runs -- one 
earned  -- on  four hits and a  walk over seven innings for the Cardinals, who 
have won four of their last five games. 

"He  made  pitches," Boston  second baseman  Dustin Pedroia  said of Lynn. "He 
beared down when he needed too." 

Starter  Rubby De  La Rosa surrendered a  run on six hits and three walks over 
six  frames for Boston,  which defeated the Cardinals in six games to win last 
year's World Series for the third time in 10 years. 

The Cardinals  squandered a leadoff  double from  Matt Carpenter in the first 
before Boston wasted Yoenis Cespedes' triple to start the second. 

Cespedes reached third when Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong was unable to 
make  a  diving grab on the  shallow fly to  right, caroming off his glove and 
rolling  to  the wall in foul  territory before a  fan reached out to snag the 
ball for fan interference. Daniel Nava grounded out and Cespedes was nabbed at 
the  plate  when Xander Bogaerts chopped  one to a drawn-in Carpenter at third 
base. 

St.  Louis opened  the scoring in the  fourth when Matt Holliday hit a one-out 
double and came home on Matt Adams' roller back up the middle, but the Red Sox 
got the run back in the fifth on Christian Vasquez's sacrifice fly to right. 

The teams traded runs in the seventh. 

Cespedes and Nava singled to begin the frame and Bogaerts moved them both over 
with a sac bunt. Vasquez was then intentionally walked to load the bases. Will 
Middlebrooks bounced a would-be, double-play ball back to Lynn, but he bobbled 
the  routine  grounder and settled for  the out at first as Cespedes scampered 
home to give Boston a 2-1 edge. Pinch-hitter Mike Napoli struck out to end the 
inning. 

"We  can  work on fielding  his position  or else he's  looking at a win right 
now," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Lynn. 

Pinch-hitter  Shane Robinson worked a one-out walk and advanced to second on a 
Carpenter  groundout in the home half before scoring on Wong's base hit up the 
middle to tie the game at 2-2. 

                                   Game Notes 

Allen Craig, who was acquired by Boston along with Joe Kelly from St. Louis as 
part  of the  John Lackey deal before the non-waiver trade deadline last week, 
was  placed  on the  15-day disabled list  Tuesday with a  foot injury ... The 
Cardinals  were  3-for-10  with  runners in  scoring  position,  while  Boston 
finished 0-for-5. 

 
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