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Posted: Saturday October 23, 2004 8:21PM; Updated: Monday October 25, 2004 5:43PM
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First Inning
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Was it really necessary for the Fenway Park P.A. announcer to say the Red Sox were the first team to come back from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series? Don't we all know that by now? The sooner the Red Sox forget about the Yankees, the better off they are. Early on, Tim Wakefield's knuckler looks pretty good. He whiffs Edgar Renteria, but Larry Walker gets a break on a 2-2 pitch that looked like a strike and then belted a 3-2 pitch into the corner for a double. Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen popped up, though, to end the threat.
 
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Johnny Damon sets the tone for the game and perhaps the Series when he leads off with a 10-pitch at-bat that ends in a double. Orlando Cabrera tried to sacrifice him over to third but ended up getting plunked by Woody Williams. After a sterling catch by Larry Walker of a Manny Ramirez shot in the right-field corner, who else but David Ortiz puts the Red Sox up 3-0 with a bomb just inside the Pesky Pole.

St. Louis 0, Boston 4; The Rebel Millionaire ads: 1; My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss ads: 1
 
Second Inning
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The Red Sox employ the shift against the left-handed Jim Edmonds and he makes them pay by dropping a perfect bunt to third base. (Hey Rafael Palmeiro, were you taking notes there?) After a Reggie Sanders walk, Tony La Russa plays a little smallball with the bottom of his lineup by having Tony Womack bunt the runners. Catcher Mike Matheny then puts St. Louis on the board with a sac fly.
 
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With two on and two out, Williams wisely pitches around Ortiz to get to Millar, who grounds out to end the inning. Williams isn't fooling anybody, and you can tell by how comfortable the Red Sox look against him and the vicious hacks they are taking. Danny Haren is warming up for the Cardinals, and it probably won't be long before we see him come in.

St. Louis 1, Boston 4
 
Third Inning
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The Pesky Pole is getting more air time than Ben Affleck. Walker takes Wakefield deep to right field to bring the Cardinals within two. But the Red Sox get a couple of nice plays from one of the few good glovemen they have, third baseman Bill Mueller, to get out of the inning.
 
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Ortiz might not see another pitch to hit the rest of this series. With two runs in and two runners on, Papi gets another four-pitch walk but once again Millar leaves 'em loaded. Williams finally gets chased after giving up two walks and two singles. Williams' final line: 2.1 innings, 8 hits, 7 ER, 3 BB, 1K. Ouch. See ya in Game 5, if not sooner.

St. Louis 2, Boston 7; House M.D. ads: 1
 
Fourth Inning
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Millar isn't in there for his glove, folks. The Red Sox first baseman makes a critical error when he cuts off Trot Nixon's throw to home plate and throws the ball past Mueller and into the dugout. The Cards end up getting three runs without the benefit of a hit and chase Wakefield, who walked four in the inning. With the erratic Bronson Arroyo in for Boston, it's a whole new ballgame.
 
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Can anybody in this game throw strikes? Haren walks the first two batters but gets three flyouts to work out of the jam. There have been 10 bases on balls issued in the first four innings, and folks, these aren't the result of a tight strike zone. Many pitches are missing the plate by at least a foot.

St. Louis 5, Boston 7; My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss ads: 2
 
Fifth Inning
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Arroyo cuts through the heart of the order impressively to complete the first 1-2-3 inning of the game. Both Edmonds and Sanders go down looking. Arroyo has faced five batters and issued zero walks, so maybe the Sox have found something here by using him in middle relief.
 
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Pitching around Ortiz twice in a row might be paying off for La Russa. Papi looks a little impatient in chasing an 0-1 splitter in the dirt, then gets jammed on a 2-2 pitch and popped out. Haren gives up a single to Ramirez but nothing else.

St. Louis 5, Boston 7; The Swan ads: 1
 
Sixth Inning
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With apologies to Denzel Washington, Larry Walker is a Man on Fire. Walker racks his fourth hit of the day, a double past a diving Millar (for the record, Doug Mientkiewicz would have made that play) that ties the score 7-7. So Taguchi started the two-out rally with an infield single, advancing to second on an Arroyo throwing error.
 
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Haren keeps the momentum squarely on St. Louis' side by retiring Nixon, Mueller and Jason Varitek in order, the Cardinals' first 1-2-3 inning of the game. Varitek will stay in the game and catch in place of the light-hitting Mirabelli.

St. Louis 7, Boston 7
 
Seventh Inning
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Now that the middle innings are over with, the managers are bringing in their heavy artillery from the bullpen. Right-hander Mike Timlin relieves Arroyo and sets the Cardinals down in order. Millar has had a rough night in the field but he makes a nice pick on an errant Timlin throw for the third out. Kelly Clarkson comes in and finishes up her God Bless America rendition quicker than you can say, "Irish Tenor."
 
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After the Red Sox take the lead on an RBI single to Ramirez, La Russa makes a good move by bringing in lefty Ray King to face Ortiz. King keeps Papi in the ballpark, but the hot smash takes a bad hop and drills second baseman Womack in the left collarbone area, knocking him out of the game and giving the Sox a two-run lead. There's just no pitching to Ortiz right now, lefty or no lefty.

St. Louis 7, Boston 9
 
Eighth Inning
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La Russa must think he's managing a National League game because he uses his Game 4 starting pitcher, Jason Marquis, to pinch run instead of a regular position player. Marquis proceeds to eat dirt running to second base on pinch-hitter Roger Cedeno's single and then nearly gets into a home-plate collision with Varitek. Potentially losing a starting pitcher just to save a bench player for later is not a good move, Tony, especially in a DH game. It's not like Marquis is Carl Lewis out there. Anyway, St. Louis ties the game thanks to two brutal errors by Ramirez, the second of which was a dropped popup in which he tumbled over himself trying to make the grab. Is he wearing clown shoes out there? He might as well be.
 
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We won't be hearing those, "We want Pokey" chants anytime soon. Bellhorn gives the Red Sox back the lead with a two-run homer off the Pesky Pole, hopefully finally proving to the non-sabermetrically inclined members of Red Sox nation why it's better to have an average second baseman with an .817 OPS (Bellhorn) than a slick-fielding one with a .574 OPS (Reese).

St. Louis 9, Boston 11
 
Ninth Inning
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This game came down to which manager was able to bring in his ace reliever and ride him to the end. La Russa didn't want to go to Jason Isringhausen in the eighth because, as the road manager, you want to save him for when you take the lead. Besides, he had to think Julian Tavarez could get through the bottom of the Red Sox order. Instead, the No. 9 hitter Bellhorn took him deep. Boston's Terry Francona was able to use his closer, Keith Foulke, to record the last five outs of the game, including a game-ending whiff of Cedeno with a runner on second.

Final score: Red Sox 11, Cardinals 9. Boston leads Series 1-0.

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