Gomes Evens Series for the Red Sox

Johnny Gomes had not had a hit yet in the World Series.  In nine World Series at bats he was 0 for 9.  He made his one hit count in the sixth inning of a 1-1 tie when he hit a 3-run homerun.  The Red Sox went on to win the game 4-2 and have now evened the series at two games apiece.

Both starting pitchers did not last long in this game.  The Cardinals scored first in the third when Carlos Beltran stroked an RBI single.  He is 10 for 12 with 12 RBIs in the post season with runners in scoring position.

The Red Sox tied it in the top of the fifth on a Stephen Drew sacrifice fly that barely scored a sliding David Ortiz.  Needing another run in that inning with two runners on base John Farrell chose to pinch hit for Clay BuchholzMike Carp grounded out to end the threat.

Lance Lynn lasted until the sixth when he walked David Ortiz to put two runners on.  Seth Maness came in to pitch to Gomes who hit a shot into left field bullpen for a 3-run homerun.  No jumping Red Sox cops stationed in this bullpen.

The Red Sox bullpen struggled a bit in the seventh, giving up one run after Shane Robinson hit a two out double off Felix Doubront.  Up until that time Doubront had retired eight consecutive hitters.  Craig Breslow came in to face Matt Carpenter and Matt drove in Robinson with a single to right.  A walk to Beltran brough in Junichi Tazawa, who got Matt Holiday to ground to second to end the threat.

John Lackey came on to pitch the eighth inning for the Red Sox.  A two base throwing error by a beardless Xander Boegarts and a wild pitch put Yadier Molina on third with one out.  Lackey got out of the inning, getting John Jay to pop to short and David Freese to ground to short.

Koji Uehara came on in the ninth.  Though he gave up a single that one hopped the fence to the hobbled Allen Craig he was able to pick off pinch runner Kolton Wong to end the game.  No obstruction call could save the Cardinals bacon on that play.

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