- 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:


TIED UP: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn had faced the minimum through four innings before David Ortiz opened the fifth with a double.

That got the Red Sox going. Jonny Gomes worked a 10-pitch walk and rookie Xander Bogaerts walked to load the bases. Ortiz scored on a sacrifice fly by slumping Stephen Drew, tying it at 1.

But that was it for Boston. David Ross struck out and pinch-hitter Mike Carp, batting for pitcher Clay Buchholz, grounded out.

A fired-up Lynn yelled in excitement and did a little shimmy-shake as he headed back to the dugout.

Left-hander Felix Doubront replaces Buchholz in the fifth and struck out two in an impressive inning. Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday both go down looking.

Doubront is pitching on consecutive days for the fourth time in his major league career. The last time was Sept. 19-20, 2011.

Considering he’s not fully healthy and his velocity was down, the Red Sox have to be pretty pleased with four innings from Buchholz and no earned runs allowed.


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.

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