Everyone knows that revenge is a dish best served cold. Well, it’s not as cold in St. Louis as it is in Boston, but winning by the same score by which we lost our first loss of the series while on the road will do just fine. Now the series is even, but we’ve got to keep up the good work. There can be no mistakes from now on. Granted, there could be no mistakes from the first game on, but at least we have time to make up for it.
Now that those cautionary remarks are out of the way, we can get down to the business of feeling good about our win! Buchholz pitched an absolute gem. It was a short gem but a gem nonetheless. He pitched four innings and gave up one run that was unearned on three hits while walking three and striking out two. He went one-two-three in the first and pitched around two baserunners in the second. With one out in the third, he gave up a single, which would turn into the unearned run thanks to Ellsbury, whose deflection and missed catch put the runner in scoring position. He again pitched around two baserunners in the fourth, and that was it for Buchholz.
Meanwhile, our hitters had gone down one-two-three in the first four innings. We finally scored in the fifth, when Papi led off with a double and scored on a sac fly by Drew. But when Doubront came on for the fifth, during which he went one-two-three, we were still down by one.
That changed in the sixth, when we scored our second, third, and fourth runs, what turned out to be our last three runs of the game. Ellsbury and Nava provided two quick outs, but then Pedroia singled, Papi walked, the Cards made a pitching change, and Gomes received five straight sinkers. He took the first for a ball, the second for a strike, and the third for a ball. He fouled off the fourth. And he homered on the fifth. He rocketed that ball beyond the fence in left center field. It was one of those moments where you really feel like you really need a home run and then you just get one, like it’s the easiest and most natural thing in the world. And, because you need it, it is, but that alone makes it so unlikely. Anyway, it was awesome, and it won the game for us right there.
Doubront had a one-two-three sixth and got the first two outs of the seventh before giving up a double. Breslow continues to struggle, entering the game and giving up an RBI single. After he issued a walk, it was Tazawa’s turn. Tazawa ended the inning and turned the ball over to Lackey for the eighth. Uehara pitched the ninth, obtaining the game’s last out with a pickoff.
So it was Doubront who picked up the win; Breslow, Tazawa, Lackey, and Uehara all held down the fort. And we won, 4-2. Which is awesome and spectacular and really great and extremely essential and important. But I would much prefer not having to come from behind.
In other news, the Pats walked away with the win, defeating the Dolphins, 27-17.