ST. LOUIS -- Five innings after erasing a four-run deficit, the Red Sox capitalized on a stellar night from their bullpen by pushing across a two-out run that lifted them to a 5-4, 13-inning win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. St. Louis, which fell to 2-6 in Interleague Play, went scoreless in its final 11 innings on Wednesday.
After getting two quick outs to open the 13th, Cards reliever Sam Tuivailala allowed a pair of perfectly placed bloop hits to ignite Boston's rally. 
Young's pinch-hit single lifts Red Sox over Cardinals in 13
Mitch Moreland dropped in a ground-rule double that, with a 75.6 mph exit velocity and 51 degree launch angle, had a 7 percent Hit Probability, according to Statcast™. Left fielder Tommy Pham couldn't reach it in time. The same went for pinch-hitter Chris Young's single, which came off his bat at 69.6 mph. Moreland scored easily.
Ben Taylor sealed the win with his first career save in his 10th appearance to complete a run of seven scoreless innings from the 'pen. The Red Sox ran through their entire eight-man bullpen to get there and combined to allow three hits and one walk.
Long before the Red Sox stole the extra-inning win, Mike Leake had positioned the Cardinals for a win. Leake needed to look no further than at his opponent on Wednesday to see a pitcher transform from average to elite in a year's time. That was Rick Porcello last year. This year, it's been Leake. Even after allowing a late two-run homer to Jackie Bradley Jr., Leake still leads National League starters with a 2.03 ERA. With this seven-inning start, he has notched quality starts in all eight appearances this season.
Porcello, on the other hand, is still seeking to replicate last year's American League Cy Young Award season. The Cardinals strung together four consecutive hits against him to open the second inning and had a 4-0 lead by the end of it. Porcello settled in with four scoreless innings to follow in order to keep the Red Sox within striking distance.
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