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David Ortiz, whose designated-hitter role doesn't exist for the three World Series games in St. Louis, has survived the past two at first base just fine, which makes it that much easier for the Red Sox to keep his bat in the lineup in Game 5.
Thirty-eight years after Carlton Fisk and Fred Lynn powered the Red Sox to victory in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series out of the No. 4 and No. 5 holes of the lineup, David Ortiz and Jonny Gomes came through with similarly Herculean efforts to help Boston knot the 2013 Fall Classic at two games apiece.
When someone asks you to explain these 2013 Boston Red Sox, this is the victory you can point to. This one reveals the heart of this team, the resiliency and character, too. It speaks of toughness and teamwork and improbable characters rising to the occasion.
John Lackey hadn't thrown an inning out of the bullpen since 2004, but that didn't stop him from telling Red Sox manager John Farrell that he would be available to throw an inning of relief in Game 4 of the World Series at Busch Stadium on Sunday night if needed. He was and he did, pitching out of a bit of jam in the eighth inning.
Cause and effect may not always be clear, but sometimes the correlation is too strong to shake. There was Jonny Gomes on Sunday, holding signs for his high school coach and a young fan battling leukemia. Minutes later, there was Gomes launching a three-run homer, sending the Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Cardinals in Game 4.
Jonny Gomes, a late addition to the lineup after Shane Victorino was scratched with an ailing back, hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning as the Red Sox took a 4-2 win over the Cardinals on Sunday night to even the World Series at two games apiece. Felix Doubront earned the win with 2 2/3 innings of relief behind starter Clay Buchholz.
For a player with Shane Victorino's competitive fire, having to come out of the starting lineup for Game 4 of the World Series was difficult. But his back left him no choice.
Jon Lester is quietly building a case as one of the best postseason pitchers of all time. The Red Sox will be counting on the lefty when they meet the Cardinals in Game 5 of the World Series on Monday night.
Both teams have missed chances to grab the wheel. So we arrive at a crucial Game 5 at Busch Stadium on Monday night -- with the winner one win away from celebrating a World Series championship, the loser pushed to within one more loss of elimination. Given the importance of this game, it's appropriate that the pitching matchup will be left-hander Jon Lester for Boston and right-hander Adam Wainwright for St. Louis.
Right-hander Clay Buchholz said the Red Sox haven't seen the last of him this October, despite a sore shoulder that limited him to four innings Sunday night and made him a real question mark for the Game 4 start.
Jonny Gomes was the story, Felix Doubront was the unsung hero -- and David Ortiz is the constant. On Sunday night, during the critical 4-2 victory in Game 4 of the World Series at Busch Stadium, the Red Sox's designated-hitter-turned-first-baseman provided yet another impactful performance when his team needed it most, going 3-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and a walk.
Quintin Berry entered Sunday 24-for-24 in stolen-base attempts. Yadier Molina had the fewest steals allowed of any qualified NL catcher in five of the past six regular seasons. In Game 4, the unstoppable force met the immovable object, and the force won.
Now it gets good. Not that there's been anything wrong with the first four games of the World Series, with the Red Sox and Cardinals feeling each other out for two games at Fenway Park and playing to a confusing finish in Game 3 in St. Louis. But Boston's 4-2 victory on Sunday night sets the stage for one of those Octobers suitable for a Ken Burns documentary.
Felix Doubront bridged the gap to Boston's late-inning relievers after ailing starter Clay Buchholz exited after four innings in Game 4, with the 26-year-old Venezuelan left-hander pitching 2 2/3 innings of one-run ball, ultimately playing a big part in knotting the World Series at two games apiece.
A look at some notable facts and figures from the Boston Red Sox's 4-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of the World Series at Busch Stadium on Sunday night.
A sellout crowd of 47,469 participated in the fifth annual Stand Up To Cancer moment during a Fall Classic, as Major League Baseball continued its program of community initiatives. Game 4 was dedicated to advancing the fight against cancer, and specifically helping SU2C, which gets innovative therapies to patients quickly and empowers "Dream Team" scientists to collaborate and help end cancer in our lifetime.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig lauded the umpiring crew for their "fair and expeditious" handling of the bizarre end to Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday night, a finish so abrupt and unexpected it still dominated talk around the batting cage a day later.
Before the postseason started, the general line of thinking was that Jarrod Saltalamacchia was Boston's best offensive catcher and David Ross probably had the edge on defense.
After experiencing one of the most difficult losses in baseball history, Red Sox manager John Farrell spent a restless night second-guessing his late-game maneuvers.
By Sunday afternoon, you'd never know the Red Sox experienced a stunning loss the night before in Game 3 of the World Series.