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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.

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.

That got the Red Sox going. 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 Buchholz, grounded out.

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

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.

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