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6 crucial moments from Thursday's Cardinals-Red Sox World Series Game 2

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 Game 1 of the World Series was all Red Sox, and while Thursday's encore was more even, the Cardinals ended up on top in a Game 2 that was full of momentum swings on both. To the GIF machine!

After a quiet first three innings dominated by John Lackey and Michael Wacha, Matt Holliday kicked off the offense in the top of the fourth. He crushed a triple into Fenway's center field triangle:

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He'd come home to stake St. Louis to an early 1-0 lead. But David Ortiz had something to say about that. With one on in the bottom of the sixth he, once again, did what Big Papi does -- crack homers in clutch situations. This one snuck over the Green Monster to put Boston ahead 2-1:

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And his fans atop the Monster bowed in reverence:

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But the game was far from over. With the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, Matt Carpenter stepped up and delivered a sac fly. Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow picked up the errant throw home -- and then made an errant throw of his own to third, letting another run score, and giving the Cards a 3-2 advantage:

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Carlos Beltran added an RBI single, and Adam Wainwright and the rest of the Cardinals bench were psyched:

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The score would stay 4-2 until the bottom of the ninth. And Trevor Rosenthal emphatically made sure it would stay that way -- striking out the side (while throwing 10 strikes and only one ball) to close it out for the Redbirds:

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With the series tied 1-1, the two squads will head to St. Louis for Game 3 on Saturday.


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