Allen Craig scored the game-winning run after tripping over Will Middlebrooks attempting to score from third base on a Jarrod Saltalamacchia throwing error. Third base umpire Jim Joyce ruled that Middlebrooks obstructed Craig, and awarded the runner home plate:
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The Red Sox thought they had pulled off the double play, which would have sent the game into extra-innings. Boston tied the game during the top of the eighth inning, when Xander Bogaerts hit a two-out RBI-single off the glove of Pete Kozma, driving in the Red Sox fourth run of the game to even the score:
Bogaerts had an impressive game at the plate, leading off the top of the fifth inning with an triple to right-center field:
He eventually scored the Red Sox first run of the game on a Mike Carp groundout. Daniel Nava drove in the second Red Sox run of the game, slapping a single against Seth Maness to plate Shane Victorino.
That tied the game at 2-2. The score would stay even until Matt Holliday delivered a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh, driving in Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran to give St. Louis a 4-2 advantage:
The Cardinals ended up losing that lead during the top of the eighth. Nava cut the lead in half with an fielder's choice, smacking a hard one-hopper at Kolten Wong with the bases loaded. Wong did make an impressive play smothering the ball, but Nava beat out the throw, which set up Bogaerts for the game-tying hit:
The second baseman, who came in the top of the eighth as a defensive replacement, was not the only Cardinals player make an outstanding play defensively. Cardinal starter Joe Kelly made a barehanded snag on a Victorino groundball during the top half of the first:
St. Louis fans did not seem sure how to react to the back-and-forth affair, best represented by the gentleman who does a double-take when he sees the camera:
In the end, the Cardinals emerged with a 5-4 victory in one of the most memorable World Series games in recent memory.