Monday, October 28, 2013

Red Sox Are 'Hit To Be Tied', Take Game 4, 4-2

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There were so many questions before Game Four—could Clay Buchholz give the team anything?; could the moribund offense come alive?; could the Red Sox wrest home-field advantage back by winning one game in St. Louis? And then, it all came down to Shane Victorino's aching back. Because of that, Jonny Gomes was the surprise starter in left and all he did was break an 0 for 9 skid with a three-run HR in the sixth to put Boston on top for good (after a dugout pep talk by Big Papi). Buchholz gave the team 12 precious outs—with stuff that rarely got over 90 MPH. Felix Doubront delivered 2 2/3 innings of one-hit ball in relief of Buchholz and then John Lackey pitched a warrior-like seventh. David Ortiz had three more hits and is hitting a "Boeing" in the World Series (.727). In his twelve games in the Fall Classic he now has the highest average of all time. And don't forget Dustin Pedroia's two-out single in the 6th that was followed by a Papi walk and the big Gomes three-run jack. The 4-2 win gets the Series back to Fenway for at least a Game Six.