Cardinals take 1-0 lead on Red Sox in Game 4

St. Louis, MO ( - Carlos Beltran delivered an RBI single in the third inning to score Matt Carpenter, giving the Cardinals a 1-0 lead over the Red Sox in Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday night.

Carpenter singled to center field off Clay Buchholz and went to second base after Jacoby Ellsbury bobbled the ball and Beltran splintered his bat on his hit two pitches later.

Buchholz, who missed more than three months in the regular season because of a shoulder injury and hasn't made it past the sixth inning in any start this postseason, gave up a one-out double to Yadier Molina in the second but struck out David Freese and got Daniel Descalso on a grounder to end the inning.

The right-hander, who hasn't pitched since Oct. 19, struck out two and walked one through three innings.

Lance Lynn, pitching on 11 days' rest for the Cardinals, struck out three in the first three frames. He gave up a broken-bat single to David Ortiz leading off the second, but erased him when Jonny Gomes grounded into a double play.

Gomes started in left field and Daniel Nava moved to right after regular right fielder Shane Victorino was scratched from the Boston lineup because of lower back tightness.

The Cardinals lead the best-of-seven series 2-1 after they were awarded the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday night when Will Middlebrooks was called for obstructing Allen Craig's path to home plate.

A lot of people saw the thrilling finish on TV. According to Nielsen on Sunday, it was the most-watched World Series Game 3 since 2009, drawing 12.5 million viewers.

Game 5 is Monday night in St. Louis.