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Jay lifts Cardinals to 3-2 win over Red Sox

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 5, 2014 at 11:31 pm •  Published: August 5, 2014
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jon Jay did not pick up a bat while missing five successive games with a sore wrist. Once he returned on Tuesday, the St. Louis outfielder quickly made up for lost time.

Jay hit an RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning to break a tie and lead the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in a battle between the two World Series teams from last fall.

"It just felt great to be back out there," Jay said. "Even better to come through."

The Cardinals won their third in a row and fourth in the last five. Boston has lost three in a row.

Jay blooped a hit to left off reliever Junichi Tazawa (1-3) to bring in former Red Sox A.J. Pierzynski with the winning run.

All-Star reliever Pat Neshek (5-0) picked up the win by striking out the side in the eighth.

St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal recorded his NL-leading 35th save in 39 chances.

"Today was a big day for us," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "There were great at-bats from everybody."

Especially Jay.

"I didn't swing at all until today," Jay said. "But it feels good."

St. Louis starter Lance Lynn gave up two runs on four hits over seven innings. Boston starter Rubby De La Rosa surrendered one run on six hits over six innings.

Pierzynski started the winning rally with a two-out hit. He was signed by the Cardinals on July 26 after being released by the Red Sox on July 16.

"Everyone wants me to say bad things about the Red Sox and I'm not going to do that," Pierzynski said. "I'm not bitter about what happened. It just didn't work. I don't have one hard feeling. The only thing is I didn't play well enough. I have nothing but respect for the organization and how they handled everything. I was proud to say I was a Red Sox."

Oscar Taveras followed Pierzynski's hit with a single to set the stage for Jay.

"They did a good job of putting the bat on the ball," Boston manager John Farrell said of the Cardinals. "It seemed like Junichi had the eighth inning well in hand with two out, two strikes and nobody on. Three consecutive base hits and that was the difference."

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