Gomes, Red Sox even World Series with 4-2 win in Game 4
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter October 27, 2013 10:54PM
Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes hits a three-run home run during the sixth inning of Game 4 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Updated: October 28, 2013 11:13AM
ST. LOUIS – One night after losing a World Series game on an ending no one had seen before, the Boston Red Sox pulled out their own unexpected storylines and heroes Sunday night to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 at Busch Stadium and even the Series at two games each – assuring along the way at least one more game at Fenway Park.
First-year Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes greeted reliever Seth Maness with a two-out, go-ahead three-run home run in the sixth inning – Gomes’ first career World Series hit after going 0-for-9 against Cards pitching.
Setting the stage for Gomes was an inspired, four-inning start by sore-armed Clay Buchholz, who was pitching on seven days rest because of his shaky health status.
Buchholz, who battled shoulder issues much of the season, pitched out of trouble in the second and fourth, and allowed just one unearned run in a 66-pitch effort.
Helping bridge the game from the starter to closer Koji Uehara was Game 2 starter John Lackey.
On his scheduled between-starts throwing day, Lackey made his first relief appearance in nine years, pitching around a throwing error by third baseman Xander Bogaerts to navigate an otherwise clean eighth inning – helping assure a Game 6 start for himself Wednesday night at Fenway.
The Bosox even pulled off their own unusual ending when Uehara picked off Kolten Wong at first base for the final out.