Both the Red Sox and Cardinals, who kick off a quick two-game set in St. Louis on Tuesday night, will have starting lineups that look nearly entirely different from the teams that started Game 6 of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park. Leake allowed two runs or fewer in six of those starts. Rodriguez walked 2, struck out 5 and threw a season-high 110 pitches.
St. Louis tacked on three more runs in the second inning.
It was the 10 leadoff home run of his career, which consists of 389 games.
- Jackie Bradley Jr. continued to swing a hot bat as he smashed a two-run home run to dead center during the seventh inning.
- Craig Kimbrel pitched a flawless ninth inning.
A leadoff walk in the fifth was followed by an error charged to Jedd Gyorko on a hard-hit ball, and a swinging bunt by Rodriguez advanced the runners to second and third. A sacrifice fly scored one run, then Tommy Pham dropped what should have been the third out in left field allowing another run to score. Lynn got Betts to hit a ground ball, but with the infield playing back, the tying run scored. Of the starting Cardinals from that game, only catcher Yadier Molina and infielder Matt Carpenter remain; for the Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts are the only two starters remaining. The Red Sox said RHP Hector Velazquez would be called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to start Thursday night against the A's, with LHP Chris Sale set to start Friday.
The Cardinals staked Mike Leake to a 4-0 lead two innings into the game, jumping on Rick Porcello for five hits in the first two innings.
There are only three hitters on the Red Sox who have eight or more at-bats against Leake. Brett Cecil would have had two outs and nobody on, but instead walked the next two left-handed batters and Christian Vazquez greeted Miguel Socolovich with a sacrifice fly. He suffered a 5-2 loss to the Rays in his previous outing, but two of those runs were unearned. He was 1-1 in those two games. Kyle Freeland pitched six innings as first-place Colorado earned its 12th victory in 17 road games.
- Boston broke the tie in the 13th inning when Moreland reached on a two-out bloop double. He opened last season 0-3 with a 6.03 ERA in his first six starts.
CUBS 9, REDS 5 Slumping sluggers Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber homered, rookie Ian Happ connected again and Chicago beat visiting Cincinnati. I would bet that at this point in the Red Sox season, many people haven't paid them much mind and the Sox should want to keep it that way.
The homer also was the first run the Cardinals have allowed in the first inning in 21 home games this season. Dickerson hit solo home runs in the third and fifth off Danny Salazar (2-4).
- Robby Scott got the final out of the eighth inning. The injury would end up costing him three games, including two back at Fenway, indicating it was serious enough to hold him out of the lineup even with the DH available.
Boston's only other trip to an NL ballpark this season was a three-game series in Milwaukee earlier this month.