ST. LOUIS — "I think the biggest thing is me and Rossy have had a good rhythm," Lester said. "Early on, we just went back to our game plan from Game 1 and just fell back on that and really just tried to make them swing the bats early, and we were able to do that."
The lefty who's won all three of his career World Series starts had just one scary inning, when Matt Holliday homered in the fourth, Carlos Beltran flied out to the wall and Yadier Molina hit a liner. Other than that, Lester was sharp as a knife while retiring 12 in a row.
He tweaked himself late but said he was all right. In fact, Lester's biggest brush with major trouble came well before his first pitch.
Lester was getting loose near the warning track when a team of eight Clydesdales pulling a beer wagon came trotting by — it's a Busch Stadium tradition, and Lester moved aside to watch the horses.
He also took a brief break in the seventh. A giant paper airplane floated down from the stands, and some fans cheered its flight as it landed near the mound. Lester handed it to a ballboy, and retired Molina to end the inning.
"It was a tough loss. It was 1-1 in the seventh, that was obviously the game. Tip your cap to Ross, he hit a double to take the lead," Wainwright said. "Their guy Lester did a good job."
And he did it without any flap over his glove. During Game 1, a Cardinals minor league pitcher posted a picture on Twitter of discoloration on Lester's mitt and wondered if some foreign substance was there.
Lester said he merely used rosin for a better grip, and Major League Baseball said it didn't see anything wrong.