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Jay lifts Cardinals to 3-2 win over Red Sox

By STEVE OVERBEY
Associated Press
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ST. LOUIS (AP) Jon Jay did not pick up a bat while missing five successive games with a sore wrist. Once he returned on Tuesday, the St. Louis outfielder quickly made up for lost time.

Jay hit an RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning to break a tie and lead the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in a battle between the two World Series teams from last fall.

''It just felt great to be back out there,'' Jay said. ''Even better to come through.''

The Cardinals won their third in a row and fourth in the last five. Boston has lost three in a row.

Jay blooped a hit to left off reliever Junichi Tazawa (1-3) to bring in former Red Sox A.J. Pierzynski with the winning run.

All-Star reliever Pat Neshek (5-0) picked up the win by striking out the side in the eighth.

St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal recorded his NL-leading 35th save in 39 chances.

''Today was a big day for us,'' St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. ''There were great at-bats from everybody.''

Especially Jay.

''I didn't swing at all until today,'' Jay said. ''But it feels good.''

St. Louis starter Lance Lynn gave up two runs on four hits over seven innings. Boston starter Rubby De La Rosa surrendered one run on six hits over six innings.

Pierzynski started the winning rally with a two-out hit. He was signed by the Cardinals on July 26 after being released by the Red Sox on July 16.

''Everyone wants me to say bad things about the Red Sox and I'm not going to do that,'' Pierzynski said. ''I'm not bitter about what happened. It just didn't work. I don't have one hard feeling. The only thing is I didn't play well enough. I have nothing but respect for the organization and how they handled everything. I was proud to say I was a Red Sox.''

Oscar Taveras followed Pierzynski's hit with a single to set the stage for Jay.

''They did a good job of putting the bat on the ball,'' Boston manager John Farrell said of the Cardinals. ''It seemed like Junichi had the eighth inning well in hand with two out, two strikes and nobody on. Three consecutive base hits and that was the difference.''

WHERE ARE THE CHAMPS?

Only 13 players remain from the Red Sox 25-man roster that won the World Series last fall. Through trades and attrition, the average age of the team dropped from 31 on Opening Day, to 28 on Tuesday.

KNUCKLEBALL MAN

The Red Sox have recalled knuckleball specialist Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket. Wright will be making his first stint on the roster this season after four appearances last year.

WACHA ON WAY BACK

St. Louis RHP Michael Wacha began throwing on flat ground Tuesday in hopes of returning to the starting rotation in early September. He has not pitched since June 17 with a stress reaction in his right shoulder.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Newly acquired OF Allen Craig was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sore ankle. He suffered the injury Friday while running to first on a ground out. OF Corey Brown was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and in uniform for Tuesday's game. He was hitting .226 with 16 homers and 39 RBI. Shane Victorino underwent successful lumbar discectomy surgery in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

ON DECK

St. Louis RHP Shelby Miller (8-8, 4.14) will face close friend Joe Kelly (2-2, 4.37) in the second game of the three-game series on Wednesday. Kelly, who spent two-plus seasons with the Cardinals, will be making his first start for the Red Sox since being acquired in a trade July 31. The two served as Best Man in each other's weddings in the off season.

''It's going to be strange,'' Kelly said. ''There will be some emotions there.''

The two sent good luck text messages to each other on Tuesday.

 
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Players of the Game
Boston

Y. Cespedes
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
St. Louis

L. Lynn
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 4
 

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Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Brock Holt, CF4000030.299.348.420
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4010010.281.343.380
David Ortiz, 1B4000011.249.341.499
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4130000.259.306.466
Daniel Nava, RF4110002.252.335.318
Xander Bogaerts, SS3000002.237.304.357
Christian Vazquez, C2001102.271.339.354
Will Middlebrooks, 3B3001010.195.295.325
Rubby De La Rosa, P2000000.000.000.000
   a-Mike Napoli, PH1000012.268.384.444
   Tommy Layne, P0000000.000.000.000
   Burke Badenhop, P0000000.000.000.000
   Junichi Tazawa, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3125217    
a-struck out for De La Rosa in the 7th
Batting
3B - Yoenis Cespedes (4, Lynn)
SF - Christian Vazquez (2)
SH - Xander Bogaerts (1)
RBI - Christian Vazquez (10), Will Middlebrooks (10)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Bogaerts-Pedroia-Ortiz, Bogaerts-Pedroia-Ortiz-De La Rosa-Vazquez-Ortiz
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rubby De La Rosa 6611330 3.43
Tommy Layne (BS,1) 0.2111100 2.70
Burke Badenhop 0.1000010 2.72
Junichi Tazawa (L,1-3) 1311010 3.40
Pitches-Strikes - Rubby De La Rosa 94-57, Tommy Layne 22-15, Burke Badenhop 4-3, Junichi Tazawa 24-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rubby De La Rosa 7-6, Tommy Layne 2-0
Batters Faced - Rubby De La Rosa 25, Tommy Layne 4, Burke Badenhop 1, Junichi Tazawa 6
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Matt Carpenter, 3B4020000.286.381.398
Kolten Wong, 2B4011012.243.288.387
Matt Holliday, LF4110012.269.370.426
   Pat Neshek, P0000000.000.000.000
   Peter Bourjos, CF0000000.219.284.342
Matt Adams, 1B4011011.314.333.506
Jhonny Peralta, SS2010200.254.334.442
A.J. Pierzynski, C3120101.260.293.349
Oscar Taveras, RF4010013.221.258.319
   Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000.000.000.000
Jon Jay, CF-LF4011000.288.345.366
Lance Lynn, P2000010.049.114.073
   a-Shane Robinson, PH-LF-RF1100102.136.224.205
Totals32310345    
a-walked for Lynn in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Carpenter (25, De La Rosa), Matt Holliday (26, De La Rosa)
RBI - Kolten Wong (29), Matt Adams (48), Jon Jay (25)
2-OUT RBI - Kolten Wong (23), Jon Jay (17)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Matt Carpenter (11, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lance Lynn 7421140 2.89
Pat Neshek (W,5-0) 1000030 0.78
Trevor Rosenthal (S,35) 1100000 3.08
IBB - Vazquez by Lance Lynn
Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 116-74, Pat Neshek 13-10, Trevor Rosenthal 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 13-5
Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 27, Pat Neshek 3, Trevor Rosenthal 4
Game Information
Attendance - 43432
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Mark Ripperger, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Kerwin Danley