- Associated Press - Sunday, October 27, 2013

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A look at Game 4 of the World Series at Busch Stadium on Sunday night as the Boston Red Sox take on the St. Louis Cardinals:

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CLOSING THE GAP: Matt Carpenter’s run-scoring single off Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow cuts it to 4-2 in the seventh.

That was it, though. Junichi Tazawa retired Matt Holliday on a sharp grounder to end the inning. Holliday hit a tiebreaking, two-run double off Tazawa in a key situation Saturday night.


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SIGH OF RELIEF: What a job by left-hander Felix Doubront in relief of Boston starter Clay Buchholz.

Doubront retired his first eight batters before Shane Robinson’s pinch-hit double chased him in the seventh. The left-hander struck out three _ all looking _ in 2 2-3 innings. He stands to win if the rest of the Red Sox bullpen can hang on.

Normally a starter, Doubront was annoyed that he was left out of the playoff rotation. He also gave Boston two scoreless innings of relief Saturday night in Game 3.

Game 2 starter John Lackey, also slated to start Game 6, is warming up in the bullpen. This would probably be Lackey’s regular throw day anyway, so perhaps manager John Farrell will use him to get to closer Koji Uehara.

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SUPER SUB: A three-run homer by Jonny Gomes gives the Red Sox a 4-1 lead in the sixth inning as they try to tie the Series at two games apiece.

Turns out, Shane Victorino’s stiff lower back was a stroke of luck for Boston. Gomes wasn’t even in the lineup until Victorino was pulled about 75 minutes before the first pitch.

Pretty good late addition.

As he headed back to the dugout, a couple of Red Sox gave a good tug on Gomes‘ ample beard. Mike Napoli went with a hard, two-handed yank that had to hurt.

Gomes was 0 for 9 in the Series before connecting and 5 for 41 in his postseason career. He connected off reliever Seth Maness, a sinkerball specialist who left a 2-2 pitch up in the strike zone.

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