One day after losing game three of this year’s fall classic on a very controversial obstruction call, the Red Sox square the series at two games with a 4-2 victory on a pick off play with one of the Cardinals best clutch hitters standing at the plate.
Boston close Koji Uehara was facing Cardinals outfielder and clutch performer Carlos Beltran, when Uehara picked off pinch runner Kolten Wong at first base to end an up and down night.
We should have known this was going to continue the strange happenings the series has experienced. Red Sox outfield Johnny Gomes, who found out 90 minutes before the game started that he was playing due to a stiff back for Shane Victorino provided the game’s biggest moment. Gomes who had been 0-9 in the series took a 90mph fastball from Seth Maness into the Sox bullpen to put them ahead 4-1 in the sixth inning.
The Cardinals took an early lead in the third inning after Matt Carpenter got on first with a base hit, but then took second on an error by centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Beltran then singled him home.
The Red Sox tied the score in fifth when the much maligned shortstop Stephen Drew knocked in the tying run with a sacrifice fly down the left field line, scoring David Ortiz. Ortiz had been on base seven consecutive times and is battine over .700 in the series.
Sox manager John Farrell juggled his pitching staff to get through the game. Starting pitcher Clay Bucholz went four innings giving up the one unearned run, before turning the ball over to Felix Dubront. Dubront retired the first eight players he faced, before being taken out after giving up a double with two out. Left Craig Breslow gave up the lead run and another walk, before Junichi Tazawa ended the inning by getting Matt Holliday to end the inning. Game two starter John Lackey came on to pitch the eight inning.
Game one starters Jon Lester (Boston) and Adam Wainright (St. Louis) will match up again in the pivotal game five Monday night.