ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Lynn faced the minimum the first four innings, then got yanked after encountering trouble against the Boston Red Sox lineup in the next two innings.
The rest of Game 4 was all heartache for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Rookie Seth Maness was victimized for the second straight game when Jonny Gomes jumped on a sinker that stayed up for a tiebreaking three-run homer in the sixth inning of Boston's 4-2 victory Sunday night that evened the World Series at two games apiece.
"Seth Maness has been great for us all year," Lynn said. "It was just one bad pitch and it happens. You can't do anything about it."
Lynn has not completed six innings in any of his five career postseason starts, so manager Mike Matheny didn't hesitate to make the move after Dustin Pedroia singled with two outs in the sixth and David Ortiz walked on four pitches.
"We were fortunate to get out of the one inning after double, walk, walk with just a run," Matheny said. "Got into another bind in the sixth, which is the spot we keep our eyes wide open, and took a shot and it didn't work."
The 25-year-old Maness was among the pleasant pitching surprises, getting his first call-up in May and finishing the year as the National League's best reliever at inducing the double-play ball. The Cardinals just needed one out this time.
"A guy like me, I've got to hit my spots and it didn't happen," Maness said. "It was right down the middle. That's baseball, it happens."
The Cardinals are left looking for a bounce-back start from ace Adam Wainwright in a Game 1 rematch against Jon Lester — won by Boston 8-1 — in Game 5 Monday night. The World Series is going head-to-head with the Rams' home game against the dominant Seattle Seahawks.
"It's going to be fun," Carlos Beltran said. "They have their horse on the mound, we have our horse on the mound."
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