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With two down and two runners on in the sixth inning, Jonny Gomes came up to the plate as Mike Matheny went to his bullpen after Lance Lynn (0-1) allowed a bloop hit to Dustin Pedroia and a four-pitch walk to David Ortiz. The right-handed reliever Seth Maness came in and was locating his sinker down until the fifth pitch of the at-bat. This one pitch was up and in and Gomes deposited that pitch into the bullpen in left field to break a give the Red Sox the 4-1 edge over the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Red Sox would go on to win World Series Game 4 by the score of 4-2 and Koji Uehara ended the game by picking off Kolten Wong at first. It was the first ever pickoff to end a World Series game.
Clay Buchholz went four solid innings for the Red Sox. He allowed one unearned run in the effort but saw his fastball top out at 88-89 mph, really struggling to fool the Cardinals at times. He walked three and struck out two looking while allowing three hits.
The Cardinals took the 1-0 advantage in the third after Jacoby Ellsbury misplayed a single into right-center that allowed Matt Carpenter to get to second. Carlos Beltran followed with a RBI single. Buchholz was able to wiggle out of that inning without any more damage.
In the top of the fifth, David Ortiz gathered his team in a football-esque huddle in the dugout. He led off the fifth with a double and eventually came around on a sacrifice fly from Stephen Drew to tie the game 1-1. With runners on first and second, Mike Carp hit for Buchholz after his 66-pitch effort and would ground out to end the threat. Ortiz is now 8-of-11 in the World Series with four walks.
Felix Doubront (1-0) came in and gave the Red Sox a much-needed 2.2 innings of work. He struck out three batters (all looking) and the lone run off of Doubront came on a base hit off of Craig Breslow that scored Shane Robinson, who doubled off of Doubront in the seventh.
Lynn allowed three runs on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts in the losing effort.
John Lackey came on in the eighth after Junichi Tazawa got Matt Holliday to end the threat in the seventh. Lackey was able to wiggle out of a jam after Yadier Molina reached on an errant throw from Xander Bogaerts and eventually made it to third on a wild pitch by Lackey with only one out. Lackey was able to get the next two outs without allowing the run to score.
Lackey will get the ball in Game 6 at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.
Uehara allowed a one-hit single to Allen Craig before Carpenter popped out to second and Wong danced too far of first to get picked off to end the game, leaving Beltran at the plate representing the tying run. It was Uehara’s first save of the World Series.
Jon Lester will oppose Adam Wainright in Game 5 on Monday night as each team looks to take a 3-2 advantage back to Boston.
Tags: Allen Craig, Boston Red Sox, Carlos Beltran, Clay Buchholz, Craig Breslow, John Lackey, Jonny Gomes, Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara, Lance Lynn, Matt Holliday, Seth Maness, St. Louis Cardinals, Xander Bogaerts