It's like everyone has always said: You can count on Matt Holliday to come through when it really counts. The Cardinals' left fielder crushed a triple deep into the Fenway outfield to lead off the top of the fourth inning and St. Louis just barely capitalized on it, staking Michael Wacha to a 1-0 lead.
Like everything at Fenway so far, it didn't come easy: Matt Adams, the next hitter up, lined out hard to Dustin Pedroia before Yadier Molina's soft grounder gave Holliday time to scramble home. Allen Craig worked a deep count into a walk before David Freese grounded out to end the inning.
The Red Sox sent the middle of the order to face Wacha in the bottom of the inning, and their inning began the same way, with Pedroia slipping into second with a leadoff double. Wacha seemed to struggle with his command after looking sharp through three, slipping into a three-ball count against Pedroia and walking Ortiz to continue the inning. Mike Napoli grounded into a double play, however, and Wacha induced a pop-up from Jonny Gomes to end the inning.