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Red Sox use Xander Bogaerts lead-off triple to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the fifth inning

World Series - St Louis Cardinals v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 24: Xander Bogaerts #72 of the Boston Red Sox looks on before the start of Game Two of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park on October 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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Red Sox rookie phenom Xander Bogaerts helped the Red Sox finally get to Cardinals starter Joe Kelly in the fifth inning of Game 3. The 21-year-old hit a slicing liner to right-center, tailing away from center fielder Jon Jay. Right fielder Carlos Beltran gave chase and attempted to cut it off after it landed, but the ball skipped under his glove to the wall. Bogaerts raced around to third base with ease for a lead-off triple. Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew a walk to set up runners on the corners with no outs.

As quickly as they had set themselves up with a golden opportunity, the Red Sox appeared just as eager to see it disappear. Stephen Drew struck out, meaning the Cardinals were one ground ball double play from escaping danger. They almost got it, as Mike Carp hit a slow chopper to second base, but Matt Carpenter could only get the out at second base as Bogaerts scored to make it 2-1 in favor of the Cardinals. Jacoby Ellsbury struck out on a 96 MPH fastball to end the inning.

Xander Bogaerts is 3rd-youngest player with a triple in World Series history. Ty Cobb & Mickey Mantle were the only ones younger to do so.

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 27, 2013

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