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The back-and-forth continues, Red Sox knot the game at 4-4 in the eighth

Oct 26, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

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The Red Sox were responsible for the fourth lead-change of the night as they knotted Game 3 up at four apiece with a two-run rally in the bottom of the eighth against the exalted Cardinal bullpen. Carlos Martinez put the first two batters he faced on base, allowing a lead-off single to Jacoby Ellsbury, then hitting Shane Victorino in the thigh with a slider. Dustin Pedroia advanced both runners with a weak grounder to shortstop Pete Kozma. With a base open, Martinez intentionally walked David Ortiz before manager Mike Matheny removed him from the game.

The flamethrowing Trevor Rosenthal entered the game with the bases loaded and one out, a tall task for anyone, even those that can hit 100 MPH. Nava slugged a line drive into the ground just in front of Kolten Wong, who just entered the game as a defensive substitute, who played the ball on a hop and fired to shortstop Kozma to attempt the double play. Kozma’s toss to first was a second too late, so Ellsbury scored to cut the score to 4-3. Xander Bogaerts followed up with a high chopper up the middle which Kozma couldn’t corral. Victorino scored the tying run. Saltalamacchia grounded out to end the inning.

Will the Cardinals summon up their black magic to pull off a last-ditch victory at home? Will the beard power of the Red Sox push them through a tough game on the road? Buckle up, folks.

  1. kicksave1980 - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    For all of the talk about ratings…whatever. We’re being treated to a fantastic game and series.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      Couldn’t of said it better. Even if I still had a voice right now.

      • tfbuckfutter - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:47 PM

        I can think of how you could have said it a little better.

    • greggatx - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      Except the ending.

  2. mvpcowboys - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Feet go up, win goes to Cards.

  3. greggatx - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Crappie way to end game 3, especially in the World Series !

  4. drewzducks - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    See Larry Barnett, that is how you make an obstruction call.

  5. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Look, I’m all for trashing Middlebrooks most of the time.. but in slow motion.. I…don’t..know..

  6. gameover78 - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Salty should have never thrown that ball….shitty way to end a game especially when said defender being called for “obstruction” was taken out by the runner to begin with…

  7. emdash01 - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Setting aside how weird that ending was…not great decision-making on Saltalamacchia’s part to throw to third, right? The risk that the ball would get away seems much higher to me than the odds that Kozma would get a hit off of Uehara.

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