Molina didn't drive the ball nearly as well as Adams, but his chopper to second was enough to bring the run in and put the Cardinals ahead.
On the other side of the ball, Cards starter Michael Wacha continued to overpower hitters with his mid-90s fastball and devastating change-up. The rookie struck out another two batters to start the third inning before yielding his first hit of the night on a broken-bat blooper to center from Ellsbury. Wacha ended the threat before Ellsbury could even think about testing Molina's throwing ability, getting a fly out from Shane Victorino on the second pitch of the at-bat.
Wacha dodged his first serious threat of the evening in the fourth. Pedroia delivered the first hard-hit ball off the rookie to lead off the fourth with a double. Wacha then walked David Ortiz, giving Boston runners at first and second with no one out. He then induced a double-play from Mike Napoli and a harmless pop fly from Jonny Gomes to end the inning with Pedroia stranded at third.