Obstruction call gives Cardinals lead in Series

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals have the upperhand in the World Series after a crazy ending to Game 3 at Busch Stadium.

Will Middlebrooks was called for obstructing Allen Craig’s path to home plate, and the Cardinals were awarded the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Yadier Molina singled and Craig, in a pinch-hit role, doubled to the left field corner against Koji Uehara.

Jon Jay then hit a sharp grounder to second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who threw home to nail Molina. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia threw low to third to try and get Craig. The ball caromed off the glove of Middlebrooks and Craig’s arm and bounced away.

As Craig, running on a sprained left foot, tried to get up and run home, Middlebrooks, who was lying on his stomach, raised his feet. Craig tripped and stumbled home. Saltalamacchia applied the tag off the throw from left fielder Daniel Nava, but third base umpire Jim Joyce ruled Middlebrooks impeded Craig’s progress.

The result gave the Cardinals a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with Game 4 scheduled for Sunday night.