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Young breaks tie in 13th, Red Sox rally past Cardinals, 5-4

  • Boston Red Sox's Chris Young drives in the go-ahed run with a single in the 13th inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in a baseball game Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Red Sox won 5-4. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP) Chris Lee

  • Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. hits a two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Jeff Roberson

  • Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts (2) scores on a sacrifice fly by Andrew Benintendi as St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina waits for the throw during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Jeff Roberson

  • St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter (13) walks off the field after being called out on strikes by home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg, left, during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Jeff Roberson

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello pauses after giving up a solo home run to St. Louis Cardinals' Dexter Fowler during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Jeff Roberson

  • St. Louis Cardinals' Dexter Fowler celebrates as he scores after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Jeff Roberson

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Jeff Roberson

  • St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Dexter Fowler is unable to catch a triple by Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Jeff Roberson

  • Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts slides into third for a triple during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Jeff Roberson

  • St. Louis Cardinals' Aledmys Diaz passes third base coach Chris Maloney as he scores on a double by Kolten Wong during the second inning against the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Red Sox won 5-4. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP) Chris Lee

  • St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Tommy Pham catches a sacrifice fly by Boston Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi while standing in foul territory during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Red Sox won 5-4. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP) Chris Lee



Associated Press
Thursday, May 18, 2017

ST. LOUIS – Chris Young waited a long time for his opportunity Wednesday night and made the most of it.

Young drove in the tiebreaking run with a pinch-hit single in the 13th inning, and the Boston Red Sox rallied past the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-4, to sweep their two-game interleague series.

“In that situation, you get a runner in scoring position and you’re just trying to find a way to put the bat on the ball,” Young said. “We battled and our bullpen did an amazing job to give us the opportunity to win the ballgame and we’re grateful for that.”

Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer in the seventh off starter Mike Leake to begin Boston’s comeback from a four-run deficit. The Red Sox tied it in the eighth against reliever Trevor Rosenthal when Xander Bogaerts hit an RBI triple and scored on Andrew Benintendi’s sacrifice fly.

Mitch Moreland doubled with two outs in the 13th and Bradley was intentionally walked before Young singled to left-center off Sam Tuivailala (2-1).

“This win felt big, the way we had to get it,” Young said. “It was just one of those we had to persevere and we fought for.”

Fernando Abad (1-0) tossed two scoreless innings for the win, and Ben Taylor got three outs for his first major league save.

“This one tonight was a lot of grit, a lot of character, a lot of competitive at-bats late in the game,” Red Sox Manager John Farrell said. “Jackie with the big two-run homer that kind of got us off nothing because Leake was very good. This was big for us, particularly tonight. This is a big win. It’s a huge shift. I think anytime you get this deep into an extra-inning game when you’re depleting your bullpen, to come away with a win, they feel like two at times.”

Dexter Fowler hit a leadoff homer for the Cardinals, who had won eight of 10 before Boston came to two for the two-game set. It was his fifth home run this season and the 22nd leadoff shot of his career.

Boston improved to 3-17 when trailing after seven innings, while St. Louis fell to 19-1 when leading after seven.

The Cardinals had 12 hits but did not muster one in the final five innings.

“Not a lot of opportunities,” Manager Mike Matheny said. “They came in throwing the ball well out of the bullpen and we just couldn’t put hits on top of each other.”

Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello, who lost five of his previous six starts, gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings with six strikeouts and three walks.