Lynn, Beltran, Cards lead Red Sox early in Game 4 - NBC Sports

Lynn, Beltran, Cards lead Red Sox early in Game 4
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St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran hits an RBI single during the third inning of Game 4 of baseball's World Series against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
October 27, 2013, 9:35 pm

ST. LOUIS (AP) Carlos Beltran hit an RBI single, Lance Lynn was sharp on the mound and the St. Louis Cardinals turned yet another Boston misplay into a 1-0 lead over the Red Sox through three innings Sunday night in Game 4 of the World Series.

Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury's bobble on Matt Carpenter's single set up the go-ahead hit by Beltran off Clay Buchholz in the third.

Beltran, already one of the best postseason players ever, improved to 8 for 10 with runners in scoring position this October. The Red Sox committed their sixth error of the Series - Ellsbury has two of them after making only three during the entire regular season.

Even with the Cardinals holding a 2-1 edge, the sellout crowd at Busch Stadium sounded a little quiet at the start. Perhaps the fans were drained by the late-night theatrics Saturday, when an obstruction call gave St. Louis a 5-4 win.

The rarely seen call, made after Allen Craig tripped over Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks with two outs in the ninth inning, remained the No. 1 topic at the ballpark before the game.

Lynn broke three Boston bats in the early going. David Ortiz had the only hit for the Red Sox, an infield single off Lynn's leg. The St. Louis right-hander got Jonny Gomes to ground into a double play to erase Ortiz.

Buchholz was dealing with weakness in his right shoulder, and it showed in his velocity. Through three innings, his fastest pitch was clocked at 90 mph.

Yadier Molina kept up his sweet swing, lining a double in the second. That made him 6 for 13 in this matchup and a robust 21 for 57 in his Series career.

Carpenter hit a one-out single in the third and hustled to second when Ellsbury took his time getting to the ball and then mishandled it, the ball skipping off the heel of his glove. Beltran followed with a single up the middle.

Game 5 is Monday night as Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright faces Jon Lester in a rematch of the opener when Boston romped. It'll be a busy sports day in downtown St. Louis with the NFL matchup between the Rams and Seattle a few blocks away.

The Red Sox made a late lineup change, scratching right fielder Shane Victorino because of tightness in his lower back and inserting Gomes. Neither has done much so far in the Series, combining to go 0 for 18.

The Cardinals said Allen Craig was OK. They were worried about him Saturday night after he re-injured his sprained left foot while scoring the winning run in the ninth inning on that obstruction call.

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