ST. LOUIS — Jake Peavy and Joe Kelly got Game 3 of the World Series off to a solid start.
Boston’s Peavy and St. Louis’ Kelly each gave up two runs in their first Fall Classic starts, a game won by the Cardinals 5-4 on an obstruction call in the ninth inning Saturday night.
The 25-year-old Kelly was slightly better, going 5 1-3 innings and allowing just two hits. Peavy struggled at the start, giving up two runs before he got his second out, then settled down.
Not that it was easy for the emotional 32-year-old.
Hard singles by Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday, Matt Adams and Yadier Molina gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead — Boston’s Felix Doubront was already starting to loosen up in the first.
“Obviously, I didn’t get off to the start I would have liked,” Peavy said. “I just couldn’t get a ball hit at anybody. I settled down and tried to keep the boys in the ballgame.”
Peavy escaped further damage and had two easy innings before a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth. He got out of it by striking out Pete Kozma, then getting popups from Kelly and Matt Carpenter.
A July trade-deadline acquisition from the Chicago White Sox, Peavy was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fifth, yielding six hits and one walk in four innings.
Kelly, by contrast, was sharp early then struggled late. He was perfect through three and still had a one-hit shutout until the fifth, when Xander Bogaerts tripled and scored on a groundout.
Then Kelly walked Shane Victorino, gave up a single to David Ortiz and Daniel Nava’s RBI single that tied it 2-all in the sixth, before the game was turned over to the bullpens.
Kelly, known for his loose demeanor, said it was fun.
“It was definitely one of the best experiences of my life, and I had a great time out there, having fun, just to get a chance to pitch in the World Series.”
Despite all his career success, Peavy has struggled in the postseason. He came into Saturday 0-3 with a 10.31 ERA in four career postseason starts. Two of the losses were to St. Louis when Peavy was with the Padres, where he spent the first 7 1/2 seasons of his career.
YOUNG HIT: Boston’s Xander Bogaerts became the third-youngest player to hit a triple in the World Series when he opened the fifth inning with a shot to right-center.
Only Hall of Famers Ty Cobb in 1907 and Mickey Mantle in 1952 were younger. Both were 20.
It was Bogaerts’ first triple in the majors. The rookie, who turned 21 on Oct. 1, had just three extra base hits in his first 26 games and none in the World Series.
GETTING CHILLY: Weather nice enough for shirt sleeves and shorts earlier in the day was a bit of a tease before Game 3, although a cold wave wasn’t expected to really hit until well after the final out.
It was 63 degrees when the Red Sox took batting practice and 58 at game time, with temperatures dropping to the mid-40s by game’s end.
Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran, nursing sore ribs after crashing into the wall in Game 1 in Boston, said the chilly weather doesn’t help.
“That’s why I’m sitting kind of like next to the heater through the whole game, just to try to keep myself warm,” he said. “But you know what? It is what it is. It’s not going to change it. The weather’s not going to change. It’s only going to get colder.”
Before the game, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak wasn’t worried about the weather.
“It’s a beautiful night and I imagine it will have absolutely zero impact,” Mozeliak said.
Cardinals third baseman David Freese said players’ “adrenaline is pumping so you’re not going to feel it the same way. You’re so excited.”
The Cardinals appeared unaffected by a big temperature swing in the NLCS, also at home. It was 75 degrees when rookie Michael Wacha outdueled Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in Game 2, and 52 degrees for the first pitch of the Wacha-Kershaw rematch in St. Louis’ clinching Game 6 blowout.
LOVULLO’S FUTURE: Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo is ready to listen if old boss Theo Epstein calls about the Chicago Cubs’ manager job.
There have been reports that the Cubs have interest, but Lovullo said before Game 3 that he hadn’t been contacted by any team about a managerial opening. Anyway, he’s focus on helping the Red Sox win the World Series.
“I work for a great organization now that I’m very content with,” Lovullo said. “In life, timing is everything so if the timing is right and the situation is what it’s supposed to be, then that’s the next step.”
The 48-year-old Lovullo would fit the recent mold of younger managers who can relate to players — much like the Cardinals’ Mike Matheny, the Red Sox’ John Farrell and the White Sox’ Robin Ventura.
Lovullo, a former major league infielder, is in his first season in Boston after two seasons as first-base coach under Farrell in Toronto. He managed nine seasons in the minor leagues for the Cleveland and Boston organizations, hence the Epstein connection.
He interviewed for the Red Sox manager’s job after the 2011 season, but the job went to Bobby Valentine, who was replaced by Farrell after one season.
“When Theo was (in Boston) the operation was very efficient and well-run,” Lovullo said. “I know he’s doing the same thing there in Chicago. I think we had a mutual respect for one another. It’s a matter of time before it gets real good in Chicago. Whoever sits in that seat is going to be the right man.”
Lovullo wants to manage, “but I’m not here to fast-forward or rush anything.”
ORTIZ ADMIRATION: Red Sox slugger David Ortiz doesn’t hesitate to praise the opposition.
The day before Game 3, Ortiz said the Cardinals’ Carlos Beltran was “one of the greatest outfielders I’ve ever seen.” He said it was “ridiculous” how good St. Louis’ young pitchers have been.
“Look at Wacha, that kid’s a stud,” Ortiz said. “The young age, this stage, you don’t see no 22-year-old performing like that.”
GIVE IT UP: Beltran’s sacrifice bunt in the first inning was his first in 48 career postseason games.
He has just two the last five regular seasons, one this year and one in 2012.
CATCHING ON: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina routinely wears out a couple gloves this season. There’s been no additional wear and tear this year despite all of those strong, young arms.
Team equipment manager Rip Rowan said Molina is on glove No. 2.