11.14pm ET

Postgame

Wainwright was good but Lester was brilliant. In the end, only Matt Holliday could touch the Red Sox lefty who tied Babe Ruth as the only other Boston southpaw with three World Series wins - that is an absolutely crazy stat. Speaking of Ruth era Sox teams, Boston head home bidding to win their first World Series inside Fenway Park since 1918. Is it over? Not with Michael Wacha on the mound for St Louis in Game Six. The Cards rookie has pitched in pressure situations all playoffs long and has yet to blink. Nevertheless...

Winning two-in-a-row in Fenway is really easy right? @LengelDavid

— Not Terry Francona (@NotCoachTito) October 29, 2013

We'll be there for the big Game Six of the World Series on Wednesday at 7PM EST 11PM UK - until then, good night. 

11.02pm ET

Red Sox 3 - Cardinals 1, Final

Holliday is first pitch swinging - he lines to right field, Nava has it and the ball game is over! The Boston Red Sox have won their second straight game, and their second of three in St Louis. They head home looking to wrap up the World Series!

11.01pm ET

Red Sox 3 - Cardinals 1, bottom of 9th

John Jay is pinch hitting for Shane Robinson who was hitless tonight. 

He's down 1-2 in the count and takes basically the same pitch that Carpenter looked at - this time it's a ball. Then he grounds to Napoli at first, here comes Uehara running towards the bag - Napoli flips to the Japanese hurler, two down! 

St Louis are down to their final out!

10.58pm ET

Red Sox 3 - Cardinals 1, bottom of 9th

Uehara is behind in the count and his stuff is moving like popcorn in a hot air popper. It's even after Carpenter fouls off a fastball - then he leaves another fastball on the corner - strike three! How can you take there? What are you looking for??

One down. 

Updated at 10.59pm ET

10.57pm ET

Red Sox 3 - Cardinals 1, bottom of 9th

Top of the order for St Louis as they bid to topple Koji Uehara, who looked just a touch human two nights ago. Was it an aberration? Let's find out. 

Carpenter, Jay and Holliday coming up. 

10.54pm ET

Red Sox 3 - Cardinals 1, top of 9th

Rosenthal strikes out the side - Ross is done in four pitches. 

What hysterics await us in the Cards half of the ninth?

10.53pm ET

Bring on the ninth-inning crazy... @LengelDavid

— Ali Mason (@alimason) October 29, 2013

We'll see how crazy it gets this time around. 

10.53pm ET

Red Sox 3 - Cardinals 1, top of 9th

The hard throwing young Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal is on for St Louis to try and keep his team within striking distance. That he does against Bogaerts, who is no match for a 97MPH fastball. 

Drew, who drew that key walk (rimshot) in the seventh, also can't handle Rosenthal. Two batters faced, two strikeouts. Here's David Ross who also had a big part to play in that two run seventh for Boston. 

10.50pm ET

Jon Lester's line

Here you go:

7.2IP 4H 1R 1ER 0BB 7SO 1HR

The only mark is a fourth inning Matt Holliday solo home run. Lester could not have possibly been better. 

10.47pm ET

Red Sox 3 - Cardinals 1, bottom of 8th

Bing, bam boom! Uehara doesn't even break a sweat. Three pitches, and Adams is history. The Cards are three outs away from being a thing of the past in Game Five.

10.46pm ET

Red Sox 3 - Cardinals 1, bottom of 8th

Uehara wastes no time, two splitters, two strikes. Adams down 0-2 in the count. 

10.45pm ET

Allen Craig nearly dislocated his shoulder reaching for that curve ball. Filthy. @lengeldavid

— Nick Holden (@nick4glengate) October 29, 2013

Lester was a dirty man tonight. 

10.44pm ET

Red Sox 3 - Cardinals 1, bottom of 8th

Kozma hits a routine pop up to left field - two outs here in the eight. 

Here comes John Farrell - he's going to make a double switch. Lester is done as Koji Uehara will enter to face the pinch-hitter, big Matt Adams. Ortiz exits in favor of Mike Napoli. 

Biggest out of the game coming right up. 

10.42pm ET

Red Sox 3 - Cardinals 1, bottom of 8th

Life! Freese goes oppo, down the right field line - he dives head first and is safe at second! Here's the hard light hitting Kozma with a runner in scoring position and one out. 

10.40pm ET

Red Sox 3 - Cardinals 1, bottom of 8th

Lester's pitch count is incredible. How often do you get a guy starting an eighth inning in the low 80's these days - just phenomenal. If this keeps up, the Koufax-like campaign for him in a Game Seven begins shortly. 

Craig is easy work for Bogaerts at third base. He gobbles up the grounder, throws to first, one down. 

10.37pm ET

Emails

Papi's base running coach is Usain Bolt

-Roger Kirky

Then Chris O'Brien checks in:

It should be obvious. If the Sox win this - it's all over. 

Is anything in this series obvious though?

10.35pm ET

Red Sox 3 - Cardinals 1, top of 8th

Nava lifts one to left, Holliday is there, inning over. If anyone besides Lester comes out to pitch they should re-hire Bobby Valentine. 

10.33pm ET

Papi sprinting! This series has had everything now. @lengeldavid

— Nick Holden (@nick4glengate) October 29, 2013

has papi ever had to hustle so much in a series? @LengelDavid

— alexandra (@alexandrabunton) October 29, 2013

David Ortiz infield single. He's gonna have a steal and a triple before the WS is over. @LengelDavid

— Not Terry Francona (@NotCoachTito) October 29, 2013

10.32pm ET

Red Sox 3 - Cardinals 1, top of 8th

Gomes waves at a slider - that's the second out. Here's Nava. 

10.32pm ET

Red Sox 3 - Cardinals 1, top of 8th

Our old friend Carlos Martinez is back on the hill in relief of Adam Wainwright facing the heart of the Red Sox order. 

Pedroia pops to right, and then Ortiz grounds one into the shallow outfield where Carpenter, playing in the shift, makes the grab and fires not in time - an infield base hit for Papi! The man can do it all I suppose, and he got down the line pretty well.

The trainer takes a quick look at him but it's all smiles and he stays in the game. One on, one out for Gomes. 

10.28pm ET

Adam Wainwright's line

Here it is...

7IP 8H 3R 3ER 1BB 10SO 0HR

He was good, but it may not be enough - that one walk to Drew looms large right now.

10.24pm ET

Red Sox 3 - Cardinals 1, bottom of 7th

Three easy outs in the big part of the order. Lester gets Holliday to pop out to Ellsbury in center, Beltran pops to Drew at shortstop, and then Molina, looking human, has another line drive, this one right at Dustin Pedroia. The Cards biggest bats go down 1-2-3. Six outs left for St Louis. 

10.21pm ET

Replay

Well, the glove beat the runner, and Ross was called out because of that, but he may have snuck in there - extremely tough call for the umpire. If we had replay and we were using NFL type rules, I'd say there probably would not have been enough evidence to overturn the call. 

10.18pm ET

The ball reached home plate, but watch for the tag. It doesn't happen until AFTER Ross reaches home. Umpire missed call. @LengelDavid

— AlisonW (@AlisonW) October 29, 2013

Definitely would like another look there...

Stephen Drew is Wainwright's first walk of the night. Just like we all thought. @LengelDavid

— Not Terry Francona (@NotCoachTito) October 29, 2013

If that didn't tell you Wainwright was in trouble, what else would?

10.16pm ET

7th Inning Stretch

Ladies and gentleman, may favorite youtube clip of all time. Please enjoy Tommy Lasorda. 

Updated at 10.16pm ET

10.15pm ET

RUN! Red Sox 3 - Cardinals 1, top of 7th

Ellsbury singles to center - Drew scores, and here comes Ross! Robinson comes up firing, and a one hopper lands in the glove of Molina who has to move quickly to his left to apply the tag - he's out!!! Inning over, but another big run is in. Matheny will be second guessed for not bringing in Kevin Siegrist to face Ellsbury there. 

10.12pm ET

Red Sox 2 - Cardinals 1, top of 7th

Lester will not be pinch hit for, which does make sense, that is unless you'd like a little bit more Breslow. He strikes out. Matheny is on the top step - will he come and get Wainwright to get a lefty to face Ellsbury? 

Nope, he sticks. Shows you his confidence level in his pen right now. 

10.10pm ET

RUN! Red Sox 2 - Cardinals 1, top of 7th

Wainwright crosses the mysterious 100 pitch threshold - what's on the other side for the Cardinal hurler?

He's ahead 1-2 on the Sox catcher. 

Ross takes a hanger into the left field corner and the maligned bottom of this order comes through! The ball hops into the stands, it's an automatic double, and Bogaerts comes home to score a huge run!

10.06pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 1, top of 7th

Drew is in the hole, 1-2 vs Wainwright in the top of the seventh. A curveball misses, but I'm not sure where. The was close, too close to take, but he took it. Good eye by Drew, and he gets another shot - this time it's another curveball, this one way outside. Then he loses Drew and we've got a situation here. 

Every at-bat so important here as both teams begin to run out of outs. Now it's David Ross with two on and one out. 

10.03pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 1, top of 7th

Nava is strikeout victim number 10 - that's with no walks by the way for the Cards ace. 

Here's some trouble though, a seeing eye single, right up the middle for Bogaerts. That's the sixth hit allowed tonight dor Wainwright. One on, one out for Drew.

Updated at 10.04pm ET

10.01pm ET

Enough with the "pitcher's duel", could we have a runfest instead please? Bored now. (sorta) #WorldSeries #RunsWanted @LengelDavid #RedSox

— AlisonW (@AlisonW) October 29, 2013

Alison! Come on! 

.@lengeldavid Can't remember seeing a player as zoned in as Ortiz. Amazing Series. Looks like bull pens will decide this one.

— Len Sherman (@lxxs) October 29, 2013

And he tweets as well!

At last, Joe Buck finally confirms Eddie Vedder is watching the World Series. Now we can relax and enjoy the baseball. @LengelDavid

— Ali Mason (@alimason) October 29, 2013

I've been saying it for years, no Eddie Vedder, no baseball. 

9.58pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 1, bottom of 6th

Routine bouncer by Robinson, right to Drew at short, easy throw, and that's it. Lester through six on 69 pitches, the Cards go 1-2-3, and we go to the seventh!

9.56pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 1, bottom of 6th

Wainwright strikes out leading of, no need to pinch hit there of course. Back to the top of the lineup and Matt Carpenter grounds out to first base, easy for Ortiz. Two down for Robinson - Lester is rolling. 

9.55pm ET

Emails

It's Roger Kirby stopping by:

This game is going the same way as the last two, good starting pitching, close game, then the Real fireworks will start

Ian Copestake

Gomes never seems to find a helmet that fits. He has more ticks than a stray dog.

Chris O'Brien

When will baseball catch on over here. I've vaguely adapted to cricket, but... Some baseball not at 2 AM would be amazing. 

Can't answer the first question but I can tell you that you have 2AM baseball right now!

9.50pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 1, top of 6th

Two outs and Mr Intangibles is up, and down in the count 0-2. Wainwright throws him some junk in the dirt but Gomes lays off it, and then lays off a fastball just outside. The 2-2 pitch is a phenomenal curveball down and in that just crosses up Gomes completely. What a pitch - both of these guys are just tremendous. Wainwright through six - 86 pitches on his arm. 

Updated at 9.51pm ET

9.48pm ET

I don't understand, why isn't David Ortiz on base? @LengelDavid

— Not Terry Francona (@NotCoachTito) October 29, 2013

9.48pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 1, top of 6th

Wainwright pounds the strike zone, fastball up and in so the count stays at 2-2. His next pitch is a curveball, it's over the plate but get this, Ortiz hits a routine fly ball to Robinson in center field. FOX says it's the first time he has been retired since the second inning of Game Three.

9.46pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 1, top of 6th

Papi is first pitch swinging again and Wainwright hangs one a bit but Ortiz fouls it back. Then he throws a curveball away which evens the count. Wainwright comes back in, a sinking curveball is grazed by Ortiz - that's strike two and that means the Cards crowd is on their feet again - ball in the dirt. 

Count 2-2 to Papi. Idea...walk him. 

Updated at 9.51pm ET

9.44pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 1, top of 6th

Pedroia leads off. Wainwright is behind in the count 2-1 before a foul ball off a cutter evens it up. The crowd is up as the Cards ace delivers a ball up in the zone that Pedroia chops to second - routine for Carpenter, one down. So no one on for the white hot David Ortiz.

9.42pm ET

What price both starters throwing a complete game tonight? #dominant @lengeldavid

— Nick Holden (@nick4glengate) October 29, 2013

Not sure but that means someone would be a hard luck loser. 

9.39pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 1, bottom of 5th

Lester is throwing hot buttered popcorn - high heat gets Freese, Kozma pops out to the right side in foul ground to Ortiz. Inning over - six strikeouts for Lester. 

9.37pm ET

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9.35pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 1, bottom of 5th

Craig bounces to Pedroia and the Sox second baseman can jog around the field three times before throwing to get the gimpy Cards first baseman. Showing class, he simply tosses to first for the out. Freese is next. 

9.34pm ET

Email

Ian Copestake

The game seems to be racing along. Advertisers must hate it when the pitchers are as good as this.

If I was somebody who didn't love my job I'd be very angry about that comment. 

Meanwhile, the Resins Man showed concern earlier about Wainwright's pitch efficiency. He wrote a few innings back, but now he is through five having thrown 70 pitches. Unless he runs into real trouble seven innings is a reasonable target. Lester has thrown 5-0 pitches through four innings of work. 

9.31pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 1, top of 5th

A great hook by Wainwright and he's out of trouble! Ellsbury is strikeout victim number eight tonight. Sox strand two. 

9.29pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 1, top of 5th

Lester makes Wainwright work a bit but ultimately strikes out attempting to sacrifice over Boraerts and Ross. Two down now for Ellsbury. 

@LengelDavid lester looks as comfortable at the plate as i do on the dancefloor

— Steve (@stevo1270) October 29, 2013

If you've see Steve's moves you'd know that he's not lying. 

9.26pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 1, top of 5th

Bogaerts lines one off the mound and to Matt Carpenter at second but it's an infield base hit for the rookie. Then Drew lifts one to deep deep right field - they hold their breath momentarily in St Louis before Beltran reaches up and makes the catch in right field. So instead of a two run deficit, Wainwright has one down. 

Ross extends the inning with a base hit to left field - here comes big Jon Lester who is swinging a hot bat. 

Updated at 9.28pm ET

9.22pm ET

Reminder: One of Ortiz's few outs this series was the would-be grand slam that Carlos Beltran caught. @LengelDavid

— Not Terry Francona (@NotCoachTito) October 29, 2013

That is indeed a good one to post on our fridges. His numbers are already ridiculous - imagine how hefty they'd be with that inside his stat line?

9.21pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 1, bottom of 4th

Beltran gives it a ride, all the way onto the track and to the wall but Gomes is there to make the catch - that was as close to back-to-back home runs as you're going to get. Molina is next - he scorches a cutter but Drew leaps high to make a great catch - he really got up there, wonderful play there for the shortstop who is proving to be all glove, no bat - which is the opposite of what we all thought. 

9.17pm ET

HOME RUN! Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 1, bottom of 4th

Matt Holliday has another big St louis Cardinals hit - over the center field wall at Busch Stadium, which sets off celebratory smoke despite the absence of a Pope being elected. 

Updated at 9.18pm ET

9.16pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 0, bottom of 4th

A lot of bats staying on the shoulders tonight, count Shane Robinson's as one of them. He looks at a cutter for strike three. Here is Matt Holliday. 

9.12pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 0, top of 4th

Nava rolls to second where Carpenter gets things into motion - he throws to Kozma at second for one, Kozma fires to Craig at first and just gets Nava! It's an inning ending double play, two outs, one time! And that confirms our pitching dual, which surprises all with two aces on the hill. 

9.10pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 0, top of 4th

Gomes is next, and he must be really annoying to play against, because he sucks and then he's amazing. This time Gomes lifts a ball into the left field corner that initially looks like trouble until it lands safely in the glove of Matt Holliday. One out, one on for Daniel Nava. 

9.09pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 0, top of 4th

Moving right along, where were we? Oh yes. Cardinals/Red Sox, World Series. Right, I remember now...

Here's Big Papi, back at the plate, right where the Cardinals want him - leading off with no one on. Which is the best strategy available because it's another base hit, this one to right field, and Ortiz has now reached in nine consecutive plate appearances. Perhaps God has jumped out of Molina and jumped into Papi. Can that be? is that even possible?

9.06pm ET

Carpenter *really* didn't like that - but he should have looked at the path of the ball, clearly over plate #RedSox #Cardinals @LengelDavid

— AlisonW (@AlisonW) October 29, 2013

McCarver calling Wainwright "the best hitting pitcher in the majors" was a guarantee of a cheap strike out. @lengeldavid

— Nick Holden (@nick4glengate) October 29, 2013

@LengelDavid Joyce got that Kozma call right, but he's just warming up.

— Mac Millings (@MacMillings) October 29, 2013

9.04pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 0, bottom of 3rd

Two lefties facing off here with a runner in scoring position - Carpenter, already at a disadvantage works the count 3-2, but Lester throws a fastball inside, and much to Carpenter's chagrin, home plate umpire Bill Miller calls him out! Tough call, but you have to swing the bat there. Side retired. 

9.00pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 0, bottom of 3rd

Excuse me, it's David Freese who is actually leading off, and it's the rarest of baseball moments this October - a Freese base hit to center field start St Louis here. Then Kozma drops a bunt down the right field line and Lester comes all the way over and bare hands it to first for the out. He had to float that just over Kozma's head to get him, a superb play. 

Wainwright strikes out, and looks awful doing it. That means one on, two outs for Matt Carpenter. 

Updated at 9.01pm ET

8.57pm ET

Bill Webb

You may not know the name, but he is the director calling out the shots in the FOX truck outside Busch Stadium. He is the only sports director whose name I know and for good reason. He is a master, and as much as you may not like Tim McCarver and Joe Buck, you have to agree that the pictures coming out of this World Series have been awesome - that's Bill Webb. Webb does games all season long for FOX and others, but he has stuff that's special just for the postseason. He loves that tight shot on the pitcher just before he goes into the set, focused in on the eyes, and holds it just a bit longer for great effect. Simply put, he is the base in the business. 

8.54pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 0, top of 3rd

Oh Pete Kozma, you dazzle us with your routine plays on routine ground balls. The man is a picture of confidence, gobbling up Pedroia's roller to shortstop. Can anyone stop Pete Kozma? We'll see - he leads off in the Cards third, and great plays in the field often lead to greatness at the plate. 

8.52pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 0, top of 3rd

Jon Lester and his years of batting experience are first up in the Sox third. Somehow he makes contact, just out on front of the plate for Yadier, still smarting after watching strike three in the second, pounces and fires to first. One down. 

Then Ellsbury pops into foul ground on the left side, Freese is there to make the catch, two down, easy thus far for Wainwright, who somehow does not have a strikeout in the inning. 

8.50pm ET

Drew proves again that he isn't in the #RedSox lineup for his batting skills. (Not sure why he's there at all, actually) @LengelDavid

— AlisonW (@AlisonW) October 29, 2013

Allen Craig really is a double play waiting to happen @LengelDavid

— Steve Busfield (@Busfield) October 29, 2013

In this state Allen Craig couldn't make it to first on an intentional walk. @LengelDavid

— Not Terry Francona (@NotCoachTito) October 29, 2013

And after the Craig jokes, a final thought on walk-off balks...which I would actually love to dig into a bit more, say, around the ninth inning tonight maybe?

@LengelDavid an interesting read on walk-off balks: http://t.co/8dmpKCbCdn

— alexandra (@alexandrabunton) October 29, 2013

8.47pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 0, bottom of 2nd

Here's Craig, who's hit when he's had the chance, but not this time around. He bounces to Drew momentarily bobbles the ball before starting off a 6-4-3 inning ending double play. That's shortstop to second base to first base - two outs, one time! Cards are done in the second. 

8.46pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 0, bottom of 2nd

Wow! God watches a cutter on the corner and sends him back to the dugout. That's going to make him mad.

Get your arks ready. 

8.42pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 0, bottom of 2nd

Carlos Beltran has the hit that he was supposed to have last night. It's lifted to right center field - that's the first Cards baserunner of the night, just in time for God to reach the plate. He's got a little swagger about him. 

8.39pm ET

So, has everyone laid in supplies for the Apocalypse? Seeing as how that is #WorldSeries game 5 is going to end. @LengelDavid #RedSox #in6

— AlisonW (@AlisonW) October 29, 2013

@LengelDavid With Jim Joyce on duty at first, I'm looking for some Armando Galarraga-era heroics to end this tonight.

— Mac Millings (@MacMillings) October 29, 2013

These are both plausible. 

8.38pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 0, top of 2nd

Feel that breeze everybody? It's David Ross' bat flying through the St Louis air, unobstructed. This time it's a fastball that does the damage. Wainwright has six strikeouts, that's all of his outs if you're counting. 

8.36pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 0, top of 2nd

Another batter, another great curveball for a swinging strike three - this time it's Stephen Drew who is helpless. Yes, Wainwright is settling in quite well. 

8.35pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 0, top of 2nd

Wainwright gave up two hits to two of the best hitters on the planet, but otherwise he looks pretty good, especially against Xander Bogaerts who chases a curveball that moves out of the strikezone like it has an appointment in another state. 

8.32pm ET

Cards to win tonight with a bases loaded, walk off balk. A balk off, if you will. @LengelDavid #WorldSeriesEndings

— Ben Wright (@wrightben) October 29, 2013

A 'balk off' has a ring to it. It's worth a bet at 1500000 to 1 surely. 

8.30pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 0, bottom of 1st

It's as easy as 1-2-3 for Lester. Matt Carpenter bounces to first, Robinson bounces to second via Lester's glove - nice play there by the pitcher, and Holliday goes down swinging. Cards down to their final 24 outs. 

8.28pm ET

Emails

The Resins Man is back:

Well, at least I've lived long enough to see the RedSox even up a World Series. So a 3-game crapshoot. Can a pitcher 'balk' home a winning run? Surely the RedSox have emptied the errors well & their 7-8-9 hitters must get a hit eventually. More hits for Beltran & Holliday. Lester to outlast Wainwright. Breslow-free zone tonight please.

Yes, I believe you can balk home a winning run. 

Ian Copestake

Inspired by the suggestion of going old school to correspond with you, I have penned a series of letters which you should receive sometime in November.

My address is....well, maybe not. My house isn't bombproof.

Speaking of writing in, how about some more? Send away thoughts, feelings, recipes and winnning lottery numbers to:

@lengeldavid via twitter

And via email:

david.lengel.freelance@guardiannews.com

8.21pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 0, top of 1st

Nava is the third Boston batter to strikeout looking in the inning but the Sox strike first. 

8.17pm ET

Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 0, top of 1st

Jonny Gomes is next, and he's stunned into submission on a full count curveball, which is kinda gutsy there. His bat, firmly locked on the shoulders can't work from there. One run in, two strikeouts for Wainwright, Papi on second, Nava at the plate. 

8.16pm ET

Key to the game: NEVER PITCH TO DAVID ORTIZ UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. @LengelDavid

— Not Terry Francona (@NotCoachTito) October 29, 2013

He's in Bonds territory right now, no?

8.14pm ET

RUN! Red Sox 1 - Cardinals 0, top of 1st

That was easy. Ortiz is first pitch swinging and he crushes a liner past the diving Craig who had no chance at that ball - it hits the right field stands and that will score Pedroia! Papi with another enormous hit, advantage Sox early. 

8.13pm ET

Red Sox 0 - Cardinals 0, top of 1st

Wainwright comes right back in this at bat with three straight strikes, setting down Ellsbury on a cut fastball he watched go past. One down, here's Pedroia. 

The Cards hurler is ahead again, but Pedroia hits an 0-2 hanger into the left field corner and the Sox have a runner in scoring position here in the first inning for David Ortiz, who is on something of a roll. 

Updated at 11.49pm ET

8.10pm ET

First pitch

Game Five is up and running, and so is Adam Wainwright - up that is - his first two pitches to Jacoby Ellsbury are fastballs high in the zone. 

Updated at 11.48pm ET

8.09pm ET

Keys to the game

Tim McCarver says:

The team that goes to Boston with a 3-2 series lead will have the advantage. 

8.01pm ET

National Anthem

I missed last night, as some of you may recall, but unless it was as good as Whitney Houston, this has been one sorry group. Harry Connick Jr. is borderline awful. 4/10, and that is being generous. Can someone come out and blow us away please? What's your rating?

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Updated at 8.04pm ET

7.57pm ET

Cardinals lineup

1. Matt Carpenter, 2B
2. Shane Robinson, CF
3. Matt Holliday, LF
4. Carlos Beltran, RF
5. Yadier Molina, C
6. Allen Craig, 1B
7. David Freese, 3B
8. Pete Kozma , SS
9. Adam Wainwright, P

Robinson is in and up at second, while Beltran and Holliday swap places. The biggest news is, of course, Allen Craig and his gimpy foot in at first. 

With Ortiz and a hobbled Craig both fielding today my key of the game for both teams is "Hit it towards first base." @LengelDavid

— Not Terry Francona (@NotCoachTito) October 28, 2013

7.55pm ET

Red Sox lineup

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, 1B
4. Jonny Gomes, LF
5. Daniel Nava, RF
6. Xander Bogaerts, 3B
7. Stephen Drew, SS
8. David Ross, C
9. Jon Lester, P

Gomes batting cleanup? 

7.53pm ET

Tonight's game ends on a run-scoring triple play. No I don't know how that's possible either but... @LengelDavid

— Not Terry Francona (@NotCoachTito) October 28, 2013

7.53pm ET

Weather

It's another perfect night for autumn baseball. I don't want to tempt fate, but when was the last time we got through an entire postseason without a rainout?

7.49pm ET

What's in the glove?

Will Jon have a big green blob of rosin in his glove tonight as he did in Game One, as seen on Vine and suggested by Cardinals farmhand Tyler Melling on a now deleted tweet?

If he has something, does Cards manager Mike Matheny make the umps check? Think we'll have some gamesmanship tonight?

7.46pm ET

Choose your own adventure

Anybody remember these books? Well, since the Sox and Cardinals have been choosing their own adventure the last two nights, so can we, right? How will it end in Game Five? I have a bases loaded balk by Bob Gibson bringing in the winning run. 

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@LengelDavid this game will end with a walk-off steal of home.

— alexandra (@alexandrabunton) October 28, 2013

@LengelDavid @GdnUSsports Koji walk-off grand slam. Ambiguity implied, him getting hit for one seems almost as unlikely

— Jonathan Boyle (@boylejonathan) October 28, 2013

@LengelDavid Molina with 2 outs tying run at 3rd. Umpire calls him out under sec.46 rule 9.4. Unacceptably bad musical note tattoo on neck.

— Richie (@richiemetsoh) October 28, 2013

@LengelDavid @GdnUSsports A fan will haul in a deep fly ball, akin to Jeffrey Maier, in the bottom of the 15th to win the game for the Cards

— Scott Munro (@KiltedMoose) October 28, 2013

7.36pm ET

Pre-game read

Got a few moments before Game Five? Why not have a peek at our look at the five weirdest endings to sports events?

7.34pm ET

The other Hawaiian

Shane Victorino's back, which kept him out of Game Four has improved overnight says manager John Farrell. It will still keep him out of the starting lineup, while being available for pinch-hitting duty and fielding/pinch-running if neccesary. 

7.28pm ET

Kolten Wong

As mentioned in the preamble, Wong apologised on twitter after the game, after holding back tears describing how he slipped getting back to first base. 

All i want to say is i'm sorry #CardinalNation I go out everyday playing this game as hard as I can and leaving everything on the field.

— Kolten Wong (@KoltenWong) October 28, 2013

Cardinals fans have been under the magnifying glass because of all the talk about their self image as being great fans, wholesome, yada, yada - this was the subject of a Guardian piece before the series. 

Unfortunately, the response to Wong's play has brought a black mark to the fan base, even if it is just a few knuckleheads posting racist remarks via twitter, ones that I will not post. I will however post some of the responses. 

Lots of racist n nasty tweets bout Chinese n Asians from St. Louis cardinals fans due to Kolten Wong. Best fans in mlb? I think not .

— D Wizzle (@dwizzlesworld) October 28, 2013

Incidents like Kolten Wong's pickoff make me wish Twitter didn't exist. I know that most intelligent Cardinals fans aren't represented in...

— Steve Adams (@Adams_Steve) October 28, 2013

So a foreigner lost the game for the Best Fans? Figures. JK RT @plamorte: Fun fact for some #Cardinals fans: Kolten Wong was born in Hawaii.

— Elisa (@Eukadanz) October 28, 2013

Argh. Just now catching up on the Kolten Wong thing. Stupid racist Cardinals fans.

— willy (@dcroyalsfan) October 28, 2013

7.13pm ET

Here is the pickoff play. You can hear the Cards broadcasters laughing at the Sox holding on Wong at 1:59 of the video. 

7.11pm ET

Two plays that shook the World Series

I think it's worth taking another look at the moments that have defined this World Series thus far. Don't you? Here is the obstruction call first. 

6.24pm ET

Preamble

If you're watching your first World Series, well, you've got a real sense of timing. Sticklers could argue that it's not being played to the highest standard but who would listen - whatever it's missing in fundamentals is more than being made up for by entertainment value in the ethereal regions. The Boston Red Sox and the St Louis Cardinals have played four games now, winning two a piece, and they've all been good to great - even the Game One blowout was interesting thanks to Pete Kozma and company.

Twenty-four hours after Game Three ended on an obstruction call that nearly broke twitter, a Cardinals pinch runner with a first name that sounds like a brand of cigarettes (Can I have a pack of Kolten's please) was picked off of first base, ending the game. World Series games had never ended in that fashion before, and this is the 109th Fall Classic. Go figure. 

It all kind of makes you wonder just what could happen next, and while nobody knows the answer to that question, it's a hell of a reason to tune in. Plenty of people have, and the World Series ratings are up 15% over a year ago - Saturday night was the most viewed game since 2009. With the impossible and the improbable on the menu nightly, chances are they'll be back in droves for what is a vital Game Five. First though, let's look at what we learned and watched in Game Four, which was much more than just the final play.

• The banged up Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz told anyone who would listen that he thought he had one more start in him, and he was not lying. It was only four innings, but he kept his team in the game, more than you could ask for if you're a Sox fan. Here's another thing we all need to realize - Buchholz was completely messing with us. He looked terrible in warmups, once even launching a pitch to the backstop before the second inning. Looking back on it now, this was obviously on purpose. Another lesson learned, one that we need to be taught over and over and over because we never ever get it- you do not necessarily need to throw hard to have success in Major League Baseball, but you do need to throw accurately, and Buchholz did just that. 

Felix Doubront was indispensable despite giving up a run. 

• David Ortiz continued playing like a complete and total animal. He was 3-3 with two runs scored and his OPS is well over 1.000. He also huddled up his teammates for an inspiring Hunter Pence type talk before they hit in the sixth inning, and we know what happened then.

• Cardinals starter Lance Lynn was good, then his manager Mike Matheny didn't give him a chance to finish off that sixth inning. Then Jonny Gomes came in with two on two outs and knocked an intangible over the fence. He had been 0-9 heading into that at-bat, one reason why he wasn't even supposed to play - Shane Victorino couldn't answer the call, enter Gomes, the rest is history.

• John Lackey became a reliever, out of nowhere, throwing out a shutout inning, proving once and for all that Sox manager does not even begin to trust Ryan Dempster, which puts him aside every baseball fan in the universe and @NotCoachTito. 

• Allen Craig continued to hit, even though the guy can barely walk, leading us all to wonder what this series would be like if he could actually use both his feet. It's also become apparent that the DH is burning the Cardinals at least as much as it's hurting the Red Sox. With the DH, the Redbirds get both Craig and Adams in the lineup, but in St Louis, all Craig can do is pinch-hit - same as Mike Napoli. Craig will play the first base tonight, so Adams will be on the bench. 

• Carlos Beltran once again failed to get the bat off his shoulders in a big playoff situation, but unlike back in 2006, this was not his fault. Kolten Wong was picked off to end the game, and the Red Sox were not even trying to nail the fleet footed pinch runner. In fact, moments before Koji Uehara threw over to first base, Cardinals radio broadcasters on KMOX were laughing at the Red Sox for holding Wong on. Next thing you know, Beltran looks like he was left at the alter and Wong is tweeting apologies to Cardinals fans everywhere. 

Now, tonight, we have aces back on the mound in Adam Wainwright and Jon Lester, who was brilliant in Game One, while the Cards righty got hit, let that now infamous 40 foot pop up drop in front of him, and watched his defense (Pete Kozma) implode. Game five's mean a heck of a lot in North American series, and this one is no different. Needless to say, St Louis don't want to head back to Boston needing to win two straight because the odds are agains it, not that something like odds can stand in the way of anything this World Series. 

We're moments away from beginning to discover just who will have a happy flight to Boston. In the meantime, I invite you to send predictions, rank the national anthem, and to choose your own adventure - send in how you think Game Five will end and join our blog. 

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Updated at 11.45pm ET

This article originally appeared on guardian.co.uk