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BOSTON — Carlos Beltran finished a World Series game for the first time, one day after making his debut.

The 16-year veteran singled in a run to help the St. Louis Cardinals even the Series with a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.

Beltran had left the opener after bruising his ribs in the second inning but was back in the starting lineup for Game 2.

He singled in the first inning, then singled again to drive in the final run in the three-run seventh when St. Louis capitalized on fielding blunders by Boston to erase a 2-1 deficit.

And he was on the field when Trevor Rosenthal struck out pinch-hitter Daniel Nava to end the game. Beltran trotted toward center fielder John Jay and left fielder Matt Holliday. They slapped hands and congratulated each other.

The Series resumes in St. Louis on Saturday after a day off with Joe Kelly pitching for St. Louis against Jake Peavy.

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