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Bizarre finish 'part of the game'

Updated: 2013-10-28 07:28
By Associated Press in St. Louis ( China Daily)

Third baseman Will Middlebrooks tripped Allen Craig for a game-ending obstruction call on Jon Jay's ninth-inning grounder, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a bizarre 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night and a 2-1 World Series lead.

Boston had tied the score with two runs in the eighth.

Craig pinch hit and lined Koji Uehara's first offering down the left-field line for a double that put runners on second and third.

 Bizarre finish 'part of the game'

St. Louis Cardinals baserunner Allen Craig trips over Will Middlebrooks of the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of Game 3 of World Series on Saturday in St. Louis. Middlebrooks was called for obstruction on the play and Craig went on to score the winning run in a 5-4 victory. The Cardinals lead in the best-of-seven series 2-1. David J. Phillip / Associated Press

With the infield in, Jon Jay hit a grounder to diving second baseman Dustin Pedroia. He threw home to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who tagged out the sliding Yadier Molina.

Saltamacchia then threw offline past third, and Middlebrooks, lying on his stomach, raised both legs and tripped Craig.

"I'm in shock right now," Molina said. "Wow, it's unbelievable."

Third base umpire Jim Joyce immediately signaled obstruction, and even though a sliding Craig was tagged by Saltalamacchia at the plate following the throw by left fielder Daniel Nava, plate umpire Dana DeMuth signaled the runner safe and then pointed to third, making clear the obstruction had been called.

"It's part of the game," Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday said. "The guy was in his way. We'll take it."

The Red Sox scored twice in the eighth inning to tie it 4-4. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single and Shane Victorino was hit by a pitch for the sixth time this postseason. Both runners moved up on Pedroia's groundout, and David Ortiz was intentionally walked.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny went to hard-throwing closer Trevor Rosenthal with the bases loaded, hoping for a five-out save from a rookie who has looked almost untouchable this October. But the Red Sox pushed two runs across.

Nava drove in one with a short-hop grounder that was smothered by second baseman Kolten Wong, who had just entered on defense in a double-switch.

Wong went to second for the forceout, but Nava beat the relay and Ellsbury scored to make it 4-3. Xander Bogaerts tied it when he chopped a single up the middle.

Brandon Workman jammed Matt Holliday and retired the slugger on a routine fly with two on to end the bottom of the eighth. That sent the game to the ninth tied at 4.

(China Daily 10/28/2013 page24)

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