ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday homered off Jon Lester in the fourth, and the St. Louis Cardinals were tied with the Boston Red Sox 1-1 after six innings Monday night as they tried to take a 3-2 World Series lead.
Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz doubled on consecutive pitches from Adam Wainwright in the first. Ortiz also singled in the fourth, giving him hits in six straight Series at-bats, and then lined out to center in the sixth.
In a rematch of the opener, won by the Red Sox 8-1, Lester stretched his Series scoreless streak to 16 1-3 innings dating to 2007 before the home run by Holliday. He sent an up 93 mph fastball into the seats just to the left of the grassy hill behind the center field fence.
Lester gave up three hits, struck out seven and walked none through six innings, throwing 69 pitches.
Wainwright found his rhythm after a 21-pitch first inning and through six had allowed five hits with nine strikeouts and no walks, throwing 86 pitches. He fanned five in a row during one stretch in the first two innings.
A pair of unique endings — the first postseason games to finish with an obstruction call and a pickoff — left players wondering what strange events would be next. They did know the Series would go back to Boston's Fenway Park on Wednesday night, when John Lackey starts for the Red Sox and rookie Michael Wacha for the Cardinals. Wacha got the victory and Lackey the loss in Game 2, won by the Cardinals 4-2.
In the 42 previous times the Series has been tied 2-2, the Game 5 winner has gone on to take the title 27 times — but just three of the last 10.
Wainwright fell behind nine pitches in. Pedroia doubled with one out, sending a hanging curveball into left field. Ortiz pulled the next pitch between Allen Craig and first base and down the right field line.
Ortiz is batting .714 (10 for 14) in the Series with two homers and six RBIs. His six hits in six straight at-bats were one shy of the record, set by the New York Yankees' Thurman Munson (1976-77) and matched by Cincinnati's Billy Hatcher (1990). With three walks added in, Ortiz tied the record for most consecutive plate appearances reaching by a hit, walk or hit batter, set by Hatcher.
Allen Craig was not in the Cardinals' original lineup and was a surprise starter at first base in place of the slumping Matt Adams. Craig sprained a ligament in his left foot last month and had not played in the field since Sept. 4. Carlos Beltran was moved down two spots in the order to cleanup.
Boston right fielder Shane Victorino was out of the starting lineup for the second straight night because of lower back stiffness. Jonny Gomes, Victorino's replacement in the batting order, hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the 4-2 Red Sox win Sunday and was moved up a spot to cleanup. Ortiz was bumped up to third.
The Red Sox won their last World Series title exactly six years earlier, and St. Louis won Game 7 at home on the same date in 2011.
With the Lions hosting Seattle at the nearby Edward Jones Dome, the World Series and an NFL Monday night were played in the same area on the same night for the first time since Boston lost Game 7 of the 1986 Series at the New York Mets. The NFL Giants hosted Washington that evening at Giants Stadium.
NOTES: Boston batters easily broke the record for strikeouts in a postseason. They began the night with 142, tying the mark set by the 2010 San Francisco Giants.