Gomes' HR helps Red Sox tie Series vs. Cards

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St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonny Gomes raised his right arm rounding first base. He pumped his fist, crossed his arms and thumped his chest.

He wasn't supposed to be in the Red Sox lineup, yet he delivered their biggest hit.

Gomes cracked a three-run homer in the sixth inning Sunday night to break a tie and lead Boston to a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of the World Series.

The Red Sox tied the series at 2-2 after losing Game 3 Saturday night on the first walk-off obstruction call in World Series history.

Gomes -- a late replacement when Shane Victorino was scratched from the lineup because of lower back tightness -- homered into the Boston bullpen behind left field off reliever Seth Maness, who had just entered for St. Louis starter Lance Lynn.

It gave the Red Sox a 4-1 lead, backing four gutsy innings by starter Clay Buchholz.

Allen Craig, hobbled by an injured foot, hit a one-out single in the ninth off Koji Uehara and Carlos Beltran came to the plate as the tying run with two outs, but Uehara picked off pinch-runner Kolten Wong to end the game.

Game 5 of the best-of-seven series is Monday night in St. Louis.

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