Boston wins to even World Series at 2-2
ST. LOUIS, Missouri (USA) -
After losing on Saturday on an obstruction-call, the Boston Red Sox won 4-2 on Sunday-evening (October 27) vs. St. Louis Cardinals to bring the World Series in balance for the second time, 2-2.
This means that the Series will return to Boston after Monday's game, as a sixth game will be needed whatever happens.
Before the game, the Cardinals honored their team from 1967, which then won the World Series against Boston.
Bob Gibson, who was the pitching ace for the Cardinals in that period, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Gibson was accompanied by Red Schoendienst, who in 1967 was the Manager, and teammates Lou Brock and Mike Shannon.
Country music band Rascal Flatts performed the National Anthem.
The Cardinals got two runners on base with one out in the second inning off of Clay Buchholz.
With one out, Yadier Molina doubled and Jon Jay walked, but then a strikeout and grounder followed.
The Cards then opened the score in the third at bat.
With one out, Matt Carpenter singled and advanced on a following error by centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
He then scored when Carlos Beltran singled.
St. Louis-starter Lance Lynn allowed only one player to reach base in the first four innings.
In the second, he gave up a lead-off single to David Ortiz, but then a double play followed.
In the fifth inning, Ortiz reached base again, this time with a lead-off double.
Lynn then walked Jonny Gomes and Xander Bogaerts, which loaded the bases.
A sacrifice fly by Stephen Drew then brought in a run and tied the score, but two runners were left behind.
In the sixth inning, Boston struck with three runs.
With two outs, Dustin Pedroia singled and David Ortiz walked.
Hereafter, Seth Maness took over the pitching for Lynn, but was greeted with a 3-run homerun by Jonny Gomes to give Boston a 4-1 lead.
Xander Bogaerts followed with a single, but was left behind, as a grounder ended the at bat.
Initially, Gomes wasn't in the starting line-up, but took over in leftfield when Shane Victorino was scratched from the line-up some 1 1/2 hour before the game with lower back-tightness.
St. Louis left two runners behind in the fourth inning, then was retired in order in the fifth and sixth at bat.
In the home of the seventh inning, the Cardinals got one run back.
With two outs, pinch-hitter Shane Robinson doubled off of reliever Felix Doubront, who was then replaced by Craig Breslow.
He gave up a runscoring single to Matt Carpenter and walked Carlos Beltran.
Junichi Tazawa was brought in as new pitcher and ended the inning with a grounder.
In the eighth inning both teams got into scoring position and this wasn't a good inning for Xander Bogaerts, both offensively as defensively.
In the top of the at bat, Kevin Siegrist became the new pitcher for the Cardinals and gave up a 2-out single to David Ortiz (who was 3-for-3).
John Axford took over for Siegrist, while Quintin Berry took over as pinch-runner for Ortiz.
Berry then stole second base and Jonny Gomes walked, but Axford then ended the inning by striking out Bogaerts.
In the bottom of the eighth, (starter) John Lackey took over the pitching for Boston in his first relief appearance since 2004.
With one out, he saw Yadier Molina reach second base on a throwing error by Bogaerts.
A wild pitch brought Molina to third base, but he stranded there, as a pop-fly and groundout then ended the at bat.
In the bottom of the ninth, closer Koji Uehara took the mound for Boston.
With one out, the Japanese gave up a single to pinch-hitter Allen Craig, who last night scored the winning run on the now famous obstruction-call.
Craig, who injured himself while scoring the run on Saturday, was replaced at first base by pinch-runner Kolten Wong.
Next batter Matt Carpenter popped out, then Uehara picked off Wong at first base to end the game.