ST. LOUIS – Jonny Gomes hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the sixth inning and the Boston Red Sox rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 Sunday night, tying the World Series at two games each.
David Ortiz added three hits and also encouraged the Red Sox, shouting at his teammates from second base after a double and later gathering them for a huddle in the dugout.
Inserted into the starting lineup about 75 minutes before gametime because Shane Victorino had a stiff back, Gomes was 0 for 9 in the Series before connecting off reliever Seth Maness.
Felix Doubront won in relief of starter Clay Buchholz. John Lackey made a rare relief appearance to set up for Koji Ueharas save.
Game 5 is tonight, with Jon Lester starting for Boston against Adam Wainwright.
The slumping Gomes greeted sinkerballing reliever Maness with a two-out, tiebreaking shot in the sixth into the Boston bullpen beyond the left-center field wall.
Gomes spread his arms wide as he rounded first base, shouted and twice banged his chest. When he got back to the dugout, a couple of teammates gave Gomes beard a good tug and Mike Napoli joined in with a hard, two-handed yank.
Along with his pop, Gomes showed off the patience that mark Boston hitters. He walked on 10 pitches from Cardinals starter Lance Lynn the previous inning, helping set up Stephen Drews tying sacrifice fly.
Ortiz did more than his share, as usual.
Big Papi singled, doubled and walked his first three times up, making him 7 for 10 in the Series. Hed also reached base in 11 of 15 plate appearances.
Ortiz hollered to the Boston bench when he doubled in the fifth, as if trying to wake up the weak-hitting Red Sox, and later hustled home on Drews fly to make it 1-all.
Before the sixth, Ortiz gathered his teammates into a huddle in the dugout and urged them on.
Lynn retired the first two batters in the sixth before Dustin Pedroia singled. Lynn then walked Ortiz on four pitches.
Maness relieved, and Gomes hit a 2-2 pitch. Maness doubled over while Gomes circled the bases.
Buchholz pitched a season-low four innings, marking the second straight day a Red Sox starter didnt reach the fifth.
The Cardinals took advantage of yet another misplay to take the lead. Center fielder Jacoby Ellsburys bobble on Matt Carpenters single set up the go-ahead hit by Carlos Beltran in the third.
Beltran improved to 8 for 10 with runners in scoring position this October. The Red Sox committed their sixth error of the Series – Ellsbury has two of them after making only three during the regular season.