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Did you know? World Series Game 2: STL 4, BOS 2

Did you know? World Series Game 2: STL 4, BOS 2

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A look at some notable facts and figures from the St. Louis Cardinals' 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in Game 2 of the World Series at Fenway Park on Thursday.

• The Cardinals beat the Red Sox in World Series play for the first time in six games. It was the first Game 2 victory for St. Louis in the Fall Classic since 1985 against the Royals.

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• Thursday also marked the end of the Red Sox's nine-game World Series win streak, which tied the Yankees (1937-41) for third-longest in history.

• The Cardinals used three pitchers Thursday, all 23 or younger. St. Louis led the Majors with 36 total wins from rookie hurlers in the regular season, the club's most since 1941 (42 wins).

Michael Wacha became the Cardinals' 11th rookie pitcher to start a World Series game and the first since Anthony Reyes won Game 1 against Detroit in 2006. At 22 years and 116 days old, he is the 17th-youngest pitcher to win a World Series game.

• Wacha's four walks matched a career high set on Sept. 14 against Seattle.

David Ortiz's home run snapped a streak of 19 consecutive scoreless innings for Wacha, who had allowed just one earned run in three postseason starts. The streak tied Bob Gibson for the longest in Cardinals postseason history.

• Ortiz's two-run shot over the Green Monster was his 17th career postseason homer and his second this series.

Carlos Beltran returned to the Cardinals' lineup after leaving Game 1 with a bruised ribs and went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

• This is the 56th time the World Series has been tied at 1. The winner of Game 2 has gone on to win the Series 29 times (52.7 percent).

• With a 1-for-4 night, Jacoby Ellsbury has now hit safely in nine of 12 games and is batting .362 (17-for-47) with five RBIs and six stolen bases in the postseason.

• Thursday's loss marked the first time the Red Sox have lost a postseason game with Jonny Gomes in the starting lineup. Boston had won in his previous seven starts.

• Boston's Game 2 starter, John Lackey, has allowed four runs or fewer in 14 of his 15 career postseason starts. Only Andy Pettitte (16) has more such starts in the American League since 2002.

Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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