Red Sox beat Cards to even World Series 2-2

Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:15am EDT
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By Larry Fine

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - A three-run home run by unexpected starter Jonny Gomes lifted the Boston Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday that tied the best-of-seven World Series 2-2.

Gomes, inserted into the lineup just before Game Four when outfielder Shane Victorino was scratched due to tightness in his back, welcomed reliever Seth Maness with a drive over the fence in left-center with two men aboard in the sixth inning to snap a 1-1 tie.

"I just wanted an opportunity," said Gomes, who had been 0-for-8 at the plate over the first three games. "I take a lot of pride in my at-bats."

The victory ensured the Fall Classic would return to Boston following Monday's Game Five in St. Louis.

Felix Doubront, who came on in relief of Boston starter Clay Buchholz in the fifth inning, registered the win, while St. Louis starter Lance Lynn took the loss as he left a 1-1 game after a two-out single and walk before the Gomes home run.

St. Louis failed to take advantage of a slew of opportunities, stranding two men in the second, fourth and seventh innings and failing to cash in with a runner on third and one out in the eighth.

"We didn't get a lot going, and didn't have any momentum offensively," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.

The Cardinals still had life in the ninth after Allen Craig banged a one-out single to right off closer Koji Uehara.   Continued...

Oct 27, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Fans enter Busch Stadium prior to game four of the MLB baseball World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports