The Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 in a thriller at Fenway Park on Friday, June 17th in the start of a 3-game series.The Red Sox are now 12-3 in June.

Boston was leading comfortably 6-1 until St. Louis rallied to score 4 runs in the top of the 9th inning. Tanner Houck finally struck out Paul Goldschmidt with the tying run at 2nd base to preserve the win and pick up his 3rd save of the season.

Michael Wacha picked up his 5th win of the season (5-1) going 5.1 innings allowing 6 hits and 1 run. He struck out 5 and walked 1.

John Schreiber came on and went 1.1 innings. He stranded both inherited runners in the 6th inning and pitched a scoreless 7th inning. He hasn't allowed an earned run in 18 of his 19 appearances including each of his last 7. Schreiber has an ERA of 0.92

Matt Strahm went 1.1 scoreless innings. Austin Davis allowed 3 runs in the 9th and Houck was charged with 1 run before getting the final out.

Jarren Duran led off the game with a triple, and scored to give Boston a 1-0 lead. It was Duran's 2nd triple of the season. He leads the Red Sox with 2 triple despite playing in just 6 games.

Trevor Story was 1-4 and hit a 2-run single in the 4th inning.

He also flashed some leather at 2nd base making some great defensive plays.

Xander Bogaerts was 3-4with a double and is now hitting .339

Rafael Devers was 2-3 with a 2-run single in the 7th inning.

Jackie Bradley Jr. was 1-3 with a RBI single in the 7th inning. He's now batting .326 over 29 games at Fenway.

Manager Alex Cora on the game.

Boston and St. Louis will play game 2 Saturday night. Kutter Crawford is scheduled to start for Boston with the pregame scheduled for 6:15 p.m. and 1st pitch at 7:15 p.m. on AM 1370 WDEA