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Cardinals vs. Red Sox score: St. Louis scores twice early in increasingly tight Game 3

The St. Louis Cardinals got on the board early, but they couldn't get back to it in a bases-loaded fourth inning rally.

Dilip Vishwanat

An even-harder throwing Joe Kelly and a string of big Matt plays put the St. Louis Cardinals on top by a score of 2-0 in the opening innings of the World Series' three-game engagement at Busch Stadium Saturday.

The Matting began in the bottom of the first inning. Matt Carpenter reached base on a leadoff single, leaving him on second when Carlos Beltran attempted to beat the shift with a bunt. That was all Matt Holliday needed to line a pitch into the opposite field. Yadier Molina continued the scoring in the same inning, driving in Holliday.

Red Sox starter Jake Peavy looked eminently hittable in the opening innings—a recurring postseason theme for the Cardinals—but he settled down later, in a matter of speaking, culminating in a fourth inning that saw him get out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam against the bottom of the Cardinals' order. Kelly, meanwhile, has been sharp throughout—he's got four strikeouts against a walk and a hit in four scoreless.

Through four, the Cardinals lead the Red Sox by a still-very-nerve-wracking score of 2-0.