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Final: Red Sox 8, Cardinals 7

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  March 8, 2011 12:39 PM

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Game over: Red Sox 8, Cardinals 7.

Lefty reliever Kyle Fernandes earned the save holding the one-run lead after putting the first two men on base in the ninth. He popped out pinch-hitter David Freese to end it with runners at first and third in a game that lasted 3:14.

Catcher Ryan Lavarnway, who replaced David Ortiz as the DH, drove in three runs with a two-run homer in the eighth and an RBI double in the sixth inning to flip a 7-4 Cardinal lead. Alex Hassan also doubled in a pair of runs in the eighth. Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-4 with a steal and Yamaico Navarro and Darnell McDonald stroked a pair of hits while Juan Carlos Linares reached base four times.

Top 9th: Red Sox 8, Cardinals 7

Sox go down in order in ninth.

Bottom 8th: Red Sox 8, Cardinals 7

Sox avoided a tie by throwing out a runner at the plate to get out of the inning. After Gerald Laird doubled Nick Stevinoha was on first and tried to score, but was thrown out 7-6-2 when he rolled over the plate and failed to touch it. Federowicz placed the tag and got an out call.

Top 8th: Red Sox 8, Cardinals 7

Ryan Lavarnway hit a two run homer to give Sox the lead after Alex Hassan's two-run double.

Bottom 7th: Cardinals 7, Red Sox 4

Santeliz has another strong inning with two strikeouts and a tapper back to the mound while also allowing a one-out single by Matt Carpenter.

Top 7th: Cardinals 7, Red Sox 4

Sox go down in order.

Bottom 6th: Cardinals 7, Red Sox 4

Right reliever Clevan Santeliz allows a single but gets out of it in his first inning of work.

Top 6th: Cardinals 7, Red Sox 4

Ryan Lavarnway, spelling David Ortiz as the DH, doubled down the left field scoring Linares. Linares reached on an error by the shortstop to lead off the inning and McDonald also stroked his second hit, a single.

Bottom 5th: Cardinals 7, Red Sox 3

Been touting Juan Carlos Linares a lot, but he misplayed Matt Holliday's slicing liner to right and it fell for a double, sending Pujols (single) to third. Berkman's infield hit brought in the tying run and Gerald Laird's single to right gave the Cards the lead. All of this came against Jason Rice, who also allowed a bases loaded walk, a Ryan Theriot two-run single and another run scored on Oscar Tejeda's error. Ugly.

Top 5th: Red Sox 3, Cardinals 2

Navarro really puts a nice swing on a ball. He's 2-for-3 today but flew out to right field. The Sox went down 1-2-3.

Bottom 4th: Red Sox 3, Cardinals 2

Brandon Duckworth retired the first five batters he faced, then walked two of the next three and allowed a single (to Matt Carpenter) to load the bases with two outs before retiring Colby Rasmus to end the inning.

Top 4th: Red Sox 3, Cardinals 2

Ellsbury legged out his second infield hit and is now 3-for-3.

Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 3, Cardinals 2

Nice inning for Brandon Duckworth, who struck out Pujols and Berkman and retired Holliday on a fly ball out.

Top 3rd: Red Sox 3, Cardinals 2

A two-out single by Yamaico Navarro has given the Sox the lead. Linares also beat out an infield hit on a routine grounder to shortstop. Theriot didn't anticipate Linares can run a little and stayed back on the ball. Wagner struck out to end the inning, stranding two. He's also knocked into a DP.

Bottom 2nd: Cardinals 2, Red Sox 2

Stolmy Pimental retired the first two batters but then allowed a pair of hits to Matt Carpetnter and Ryan Theriot before being pulled after 47 pitches.

Top 2nd: Cardinals 2, Red Sox 2

Jacoby Ellsbury lined a two-out double to left field scoring Mark Wagner with Boston's first run and Darnell McDonald got Ellsbury in with a single to left to tie. The Sox had put the first two runners on base when Yamaico Navarro singled to right and Juan Carlos Linares walked. Wagner knocked into a 5-4 DP, but Ellsbury didn't let the inning die.

Bottom 1st: Cardinals 2, Red Sox 0

RHP Stolmy Pimental needed no reminder that he was facing the Cardinals' 'A' lineup today, but the Cards reminded him nonetheless. Pimental didn't help himself when he walked leadoff hitter Ryan Theriot. After he struck out Colby Rasmus, Albert Pujols doubled down the third base line scoring Theriot. Matt Holliday singled up the middle scoring Pujols. Lance Berkman also singled but Yadier Molina knocked into a DP to end it.

Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Cardinals 0

Underway here in Jupiter. Jacoby Ellsbury reached on an infield hit, stole second, and after a one-out walk to David Ortiz and a two-out walk by Oscar Tejeda to load the bases, lefty Jamie Garcia got out of the mess when he got Lars Anderson to tap back to the mound.

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