Third baseman Will Middlebrooks tripped Allen Craig for a game-ending obstruction call giving the St. Louis Cardinals a bizarre 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox and a 2-1 World Series lead.
After bouncing back to even the series in Game 2, the Cardinals now hold home field advantage as the Fall Classic shifts to Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
Stephen Strasburg (elbow), Bryce Harper (knee) and Adam LaRoche (elbow) all underwent surgeries in the last three days. The Nationals say they will be ready for the start of spring training.
Steve Lombardozzi turned into the Nationals' best pinch-hitter this year, but he still has plenty of room for improvement.