Young St. Louis pitcher Michael Wacha bested the Boston Red Sox with his power pitching over six innings, leading the Cardinals to a 4-2 victory at Fenway Park in Game 2 of the World Series Thursday night.
Wacha, 22, extended his pitching winning streak to 4-0 in the postseason, limiting the Red Sox to two runs. The Cardinals scored three runs in the seventh inning, which was aided by a Red Sox throwing error.
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The game snapped the Boston Red Sox nine-game World Series win streak. Maureen Mullen of Comcast Sports Net wrote that the Red Sox streak tied the Cincinnati Reds
, from 1975-1990, for the fourth-longest streak in World Series history.
The Sox's last World Series loss was in Game 7 in 1986. Mullen added that the Red Sox's American League rivals, the New York Yankees, own the top three World Series winning streaks.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Wacha,
the National League's championship series MVP, threw a career-high 114 pitches and allowed three hits and four walks in six innings with six strikeouts, while dropping his postseason earned run average to 1.00.
"They don't swing at bad pitches, really," Wacha said. "They did a good job tonight grinding out at-bats with me and got the pitch count up."
Carlos Beltran contributed an RBI single to the Cardinals cause while running into Fenway Park's right field fence making a catch in Game 1. He was injured during the game.
"Somebody would have to kill me in order for me to get out of the lineup," Beltran told the Post-Dispatch. "When I woke up, I woke up feeling a little better. And I came to the ballpark, talked to the trainer. I was able to get treatment and talk to the doctors, and find a way to try anything I could try just to go out there and feel no pain."
After the Red Sox dominated Game 1 with an 8-1 victory, Boston must regroup for three straight contests in order to win in St. Louis.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said that he did not think bouncing back will be a problem.
"This team has responded well to challenges on the road or at home," Farrell told the Boston Globe.
"I know that we’ll be ready to go on Saturday over there."
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