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MLB: St. Louis 5, Boston 4

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MLB: St. Louis 5, Boston 4
Boston Red Sox catcher Jared Saltalamacchia appears to tag out St. Louis Cardinals Allen Craig at homeplate in the ninth inning of Game 3 of the World Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on October 26, 2013. Craig was called safe after an interference call at third base allowed him to take a base. St. Louis won the game 5-4. UPI/Bill Greenblatt | License Photo

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Allen Craig scored the winning run on an interference call Saturday, giving St. Louis a bizarre 5-4 win over Boston and a 2-1 lead in the 2013 World Series.

The score was tied 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth when Yadier Molina blooped a one-out single against Brandon Workman (0-1) and pinch-hitter Craig followed with a double against Kenji Uehara, sending Molina to third.

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That brought up Jon Jay, who sent a grounder to second baseman Dustin Pedroia, whose throw home to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia easily nailed Molina at the plate.

Saltalamacchia then fired to third in a bid to toss out the advancing Craig. His poor throw hit Craig and pulled third baseman Will Middlebrooks off the bag, who fell trying to make the grab.

Craig stumbled over the prone Middlebrooks, got up and slid home as a throw from shortstop Xander Bogaerts reached the plate, but third base umpire Jim Joyce had already awarded Craig the run, ruling Middlebrooks attempted to block Craig with his legs while lying on the ground.

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Trevor Rosenthal (1-0) got the win with 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings and Matt Holliday provided three RBI for the Cardinals, who won a second straight World Series game after dropping the opener.

Molina finished 3-for-4 with a run-scoring single.

Daniel Nava drove in a pair of runs for the Red Sox, who will try to regroup in Sunday's Game 4 at St. Louis.

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