Jon Jay hit an RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning to break a tie and lead the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in a rematch between last year’s World Series teams. The Cardinals won their third in a row and fourth in the last five. Milwaukee also won to stay ahead for first place.
Jay blooped a hit to left scoring former Red Sox A.J. Pierzynski with the winning run. All-Star Pat Neshek (5-0) picked up the win by striking out the side in the eighth and Trevor Rosenthal closed it for his NL-leading 35th save in 39 chances.
Pierzynski was on his best behavior. “Everyone wants me to say bad things about the Red Sox, and I’m not going to do that,” Pierzynski said. “I’m not bitter about what happened. It just didn’t work. I don’t have one hard feeling. The only thing is I didn’t play well enough. I have nothing but respect for the organization and how they handled everything. I was proud to say I was a Red Sox.”
It was reported that several Sox players didn’t care much for Pierzynski’s attitude during his time in Boston.