Last-minute replacement Jonny Gomes slammed a three-run home run off relief pitcher Seth Maness in the sixth inning, boosting the Boston Red Sox to a 4-2 win against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Sunday night, and tying the World Series at two games apiece.
Boston closer Koji Uehara picked pinch-runner Kolten Wong off first base for the game’s final out in the second consecutive bizarre finish in this year’s Fall Classic.
Gomes was inserted into the lineup during pregame batting practice e when Boston manager John Farrell learned Shane Victorino was experiencing back pains. His homer gave the Sox a 4-1 lead at the time. Stephen Drew had provided Boston with their previous run on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly. The Cardinals’ runs were driven home by Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday.
David Ortiz went 3-for-3 for Boston, and is now 8-for-11 in the Series. Holliday had two of the six St. Louis hits. The win went to Boston middle reliever Felix Doubront after his 2-and-two-thirds innings of work. Uehara earned the save. The loss went to Cardinals starter Lance Lynn.
Saturday’s 5-4 decision in game three went to St. Louis when Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks was called for obstruction in the bottom of the ninth inning, allowing hobbled baserunner Allen Craig to score the deciding run.
St. Louis outhit Boston 12-6, but delayed their chances at the win by leaving 12 runners on base. Yadier Molina recorded three of the hits, and Holliday, Carpenter and Matt Adams added two apiece. Holliday drove in three runs. Jacoby Ellsbury and Xander Bogaerts tallied two hits apiece for the Red Sox, and Daniel Nava drove in a pair of runs.
Like the two weekend games, the Series’ fifth contest will be played at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Monday night’s affair will feature a rematch of the starters in game one — Adam Wainwright for the cardinals and Jon Lester for Boston.