Date/Place: Aug. 16, Fenway Park
Score: Red Sox 5, Cardinals 4.
Bad aesthetics: Starting pitcher Lance Lynn's third-inning throwing error allowed a run to score. Cardinals blew a 4-2 lead in the ninth inning. Manager Mike Matheny got ejected in the ninth inning for airing his grievances with novice umpire Chris Segal. Relievers Trevor Rosenthal, Zach Duke and John Brebbia all failed in the ninth as the Mets stormed back to victory.
Crucial mishap: The Cardinals scored four times in the second inning and should have scored more. Matt Carpenter was on third base with one out when Tommy Pham ripped a liner to center field. Carpenter hesitated. Should I go halfway or tag up? He went back to tag up. The ball landed for a single, Bradley scooped it up and easily threw out Carpenter at the plate.
Quote: "When you're on contact, you have to make at least three hard steps home. When the ball is hit as hard as it was, take those three hard steps and then try to get back and tag in case he catches it, and then when he doesn't catch it, you're just in no-man's land. Looking back on it, I wasn't going to score either way. The only other option would be to stay there and not go and hope that the next guy drives me in. So I took a gamble that the guy wouldn't make a good throw, and he made a good throw." -- Carpenter, explaining his latest basepaths out.
Repercussions: Rosenthal aggravated an elbow injury while pitching in the ninth inning and landed on the disabled list.