Jacoby Ellsbury escapes rundown after being picked off

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

The Cardinals have forgotten how to play baseball.

The Boston Red Sox are a little more than three innings away from winning the World Series behind relentless hitting and an admirable pitching performance from John Lackey.

The St. Louis Cardinals also aren't really helping themselves, as evidenced by a couple of botched plays in the bottom of the fifth. Second baseman Matt Carpenter bobbled a grounder off the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury, giving the Sox a two-out baserunner when the Cards could have been out of the inning.

Reliever Kevin Siegrist picked up Carpenter a few pitches later when he appeared to pick off Ellsbury. However, the speedy Boston outfielder escaped a rundown to continue the inning:

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Siegrist eventually got Dustin Pedroia to fly out to end the inning. Lots of laughs, but no damage.

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