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.