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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.
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.
Pretty good late addition.
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.
Gomes didn’t miss it, and Maness hung his head after watching the ball sail out to left.
TIED UP: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn had faced the minimum through four innings before David Ortiz opened the fifth with a double.
But that was it for Boston. David Ross struck out and pinch-hitter Mike Carp, batting for Buchholz, grounded out.
A fired-up Lynn yelled in excitement and did a little shimmy-shake as he headed back to the dugout.
Doubront is pitching on consecutive days for the fourth time in his major league career. The last time was Sept. 19-20, 2011.
SCORING FIRST: St. Louis takes advantage of an error by center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to score an unearned run in the third inning for a 1-0 lead.
Carlos Beltran _ who else in October? _ knocks in Carpenter with a single. That makes Beltran 8 for 10 with runners in scoring position this postseason.
The Cardinals are 8-0 when scoring first this postseason.
FINDING A WAY: It’s evident Buchholz is missing his best stuff. Not a surprise. The velocity on his fastball is down about 3-4 mph from his average heater this season.
But he’s thrown a couple of pretty good breaking balls _ and what he does have tonight is an effective two-seam fastball. It’s sinking well and running away from left-handed hitters. If he can harness his two-seamer and work off that, maybe Buchholz can induce a steady stream of grounders keep the Cardinals at bay for a while.
Interesting challenge for him _ finding a way to hang in there without his regular weapons. This is not a guy who has a reputation for mental toughness.
After he opened 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA this season, Buchholz was selected to the AL All-Star team. But he missed the next three months, longer than expected, with a strained neck. That led to his toughness being questioned, and Buchholz was aware of the criticism.
When he came back in September, Buchholz went 3-1 in four solid starts. He finished the regular season 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA, but was a mixed bag in three playoff starts.
ANOTHER LOOK: Ken Rosenthal on Fox reports MLB will review the obstruction rule in the wake of Saturday night’s bizarre ending.
Doesn’t mean the rule will be altered. But since it was such an unusual call in an enormous situation, baseball will examine it again.
GOOD SIGN? Pretty encouraging start for Buchholz and the Red Sox. The two-time All-Star was pushed back to Game 4 in this Series because of weakness in his pitching shoulder, and no one seemed too sure what Boston would get from Buchholz.
His fastball was in the upper 80s (mph) in the first inning, and he bounced a wild breaking ball well wide of the plate. But he was able to throw strikes and get far enough inside on Matt Holliday to induce an inning-ending grounder to third.
Perhaps most important, Buchholz looked fairly calm out there.
What a crazy finish that was last night, though. Tough to swallow for the Red Sox and their fans. But it seems as though, after some rule-book explanations from the experts, most people are realizing the correct call was made.
St. Louis leads 2-1 in the best-of-seven Series.
CRAIG READY: The Cardinals say Allen Craig will be ready if needed.
Craig re-injured his sprained left foot on a wild trip around the bases Saturday night, sliding into third base and home while scoring the winning on the obstruction call against Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks in the ninth inning.
The first baseman and cleanup hitter had been out since Sept. 4 before returning for the World Series. Craig was the DH in Boston, and got a pinch-hit double in Game 3.
Manager Mike Matheny said X-rays showed no additional injury.
St. Louis had one lineup wrinkle for Game 4, with Daniel Descalso starting at shortstop in place of Pete Kozma. Descalso has plenty of starting experience in the middle infield.
HALF THE DISTANCE: For the ceremonial first pitch, Hall of Famer Bob Gibson threw to Tim McCarver, who is in his final season as a broadcaster with Fox.
The pair also made up the battery for the Cardinals‘ 7-2 victory in Game 7 of the 1967 World Series at Fenway Park. However, Gibson’s toss Sunday night was only from about 30 feet.
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