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5:15 PM PT6:15 PM MT7:15 PM CT8:15 PM ET20:15 ET0:15 GMT8:15 5:15 PM MST7:15 PM EST7:45 PM VEN4:15 UAE (+1)7:15 PM CT, August 6, 2014
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 42,733

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According to STATS
According to STATS

Boston Red Sox at St. Louis Cardinals

  1. These teams will be facing each other for the first time since Boston defeated St. Louis in six games in the 2013 World Series. The Red Sox lead the all-time series between these clubs, 17-16 (includes postseason).
  2. The Red Sox own a record of 2-10 since July 22 -- the worst record in the majors in that span. Both Boston and St. Louis have lost each of its last three interleague contests.
  3. Lance Lynn, who has lost each of his last two starts, went 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA in two appearances (one start) against Boston in last year's World Series.
  4. Rubby De La Rosa is 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA in his last two starts overall and is 0-3 with a 6.04 ERA in four road starts this season. De La Rosa will be facing St. Louis for the first time in his career.
  5. Matt Holliday has homered in three of his last five home games and has 12 RBI in his last 11 games at Busch Stadium. Holliday is hitting just .156 (5-for-32) in his last nine interleague contests.
  6. David Ortiz has seven homers and 21 RBI in his last 11 games away from home, while 19 of his 26 home runs overall on the season have come on the road. Ortiz is hitting .459 with seven doubles, four homers and 17 RBI in 19 career games against the Cardinals (includes postseason).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/5/2014 thru 8/7/2014

By JEFF MEZYDLO

STATS Senior Writer

(AP) -- Joe Kelly won't have to wait long to face the team that dealt him away last week.

The right-hander makes his debut for the visiting Boston Red Sox, who can avoid a fourth straight defeat by preventing the St. Louis Cardinals from winning their fourth in a row Wednesday night.

Looking to bolster its pitching staff, St. Louis (60-51) acquired John Lackey from Boston in a deal that sent Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig to the Red Sox on Thursday.

Kelly allowed one earned run over 15 1-3 innings while going 1-1 in his first three starts before landing on the disabled list April 17 with a hamstring injury. Since returning July 11, he is 1-1 with a 7.32 ERA in four starts.

The day before he was traded, Kelly gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings of a 12-1 loss at San Diego.

"It's going to be strange," Kelly said about pitching at Busch Stadium as the visitor. "There will be some emotions there. I have to go out and pitch like I don't know those guys. I have to keep competing. I like to win as much as I can."

Kelly will oppose good friend Shelby Miller (8-8, 4.18 ERA).

"I grew up with him and came up through the farm system with him," Miller said. "He's going to do well there. I wish him all the best."

Miller went 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA in his final five starts before the All-Star break but has allowed two runs and three hits in each of the two - over a combined 11 2-3 innings - since then.

The right-hander yielded two homers in six innings of a 6-2 win at San Diego on Thursday.

"I felt a little stronger," Miller said. "That's the key thing right now. I'm trying to make the second-half push. You want to feel really good and healthy and like you're on top of your game. I felt like that's where we need to be right now."

Miller won't have to face Craig, who was placed on the DL on Tuesday with an ankle injury. Craig doubled in four at-bats in his only game with Boston (49-63) on Friday against the New York Yankees.

Jon Jay's two-out single in the eighth inning brought in ex-Boston catcher A.J. Pierzynski with the go-ahead run in St. Louis' 3-2 victory Tuesday.

Pierzynski was released by Boston after hitting .254 in 72 games, but he's batting .320 over seven with the Cardinals.

"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."

Boston's Yoenis Cespedes had three hits Tuesday after going 1 for 7 in his first two games since the Red Sox acquired him from Oakland as part of the Jon Lester deal Thursday.

The Red Sox are 2-11 since winning five straight and eight of nine.

Updated August 6, 2014

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