Joe Kelly shut down his old club as the Red Sox defeated the Cardinals 2-1 at Busch Stadium on Wednesday night.
In his first outing with the Sox, Kelly got off to a tricky start, giving up a first-inning run, but settled down to make an impressive debut. The right hander tossed seven innings, allowing just the one earned run on three hits and four walks with two strikeouts. With so many young starters fighting for a rotation-spot next season, Kelly could easily give himself a leg-up by completing the final seven weeks of the year with starts like these.
Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara did their usual thing, pitching scoreless innings in the eighth in the ninth, though Koji gave up two hits but worked out of the jam. As good as Kelly pitched, he picked up a no decision as the Red Sox didn’t pick up the winning-run until the top of the ninth inning off of Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal. Tazawa got the win, moving him to 2-3 on the year, while Uehara earned save number 23.
Xander Bogaerts was the star in the lineup for Boston, driving in both runs, including the eventual game-winner, a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded the scored Yoenis Cespedes in the top of the ninth.
The Boston offense will have a tough time tonight as Adam Wainwright takes the bump for the Cardinals against Red Sox starter Brandon Workman. While the games don’t mean much anymore, taking two-of-three from their World Series foes of last year would be somewhat satisfying.