"During batting practice, when I met with Shane today, he said, 'Yeah, put me in there. I'll find a way to get ready to start the game,'" Farrell said. "As we went through the other work, it became obvious he wasn't capable. And you know what? It turns out that his replacement is the difference in this one tonight."
Gomes had been 0 for 9 in the Series before the home run, and Red Sox outfielders had been 4 for 40 with no RBIs. Following Dustin Pedroia's two-out single and a four-pitch walk to Ortiz by Lynn, Maness threw five straight sinkers to Gomes, who sent the last one into the Red Sox bullpen in left as Matt Holliday kept running back only to run out of room.
"It was right down the middle," Maness said. "That's baseball, it happens."
Carpenter singled home a run in the seventh off Craig Breslow after pinch-hitter Shane Robinson doubled with two outs against Doubront. Junichi Tazawa came in and got Holliday to hit an inning-ending grounder to second, a night after allowing a tiebreaking, two-run double to the slugger.
Doubront got the win with 2 2-3 innings of one-hit relief. Lackey, the Game 2 loser and Boston's probable Game 6 starter, pitched the eighth for his first relief appearance in nine years, overcoming a two-base throwing error by third baseman Xander Bogaerts — Boston's seventh error of the Series — and a wild pitch.
With a runner on third, Lackey got Jon Jay to pop up and David Freese to ground out.
"It's been a while for sure," Lackey said, "but I got through it and got to the closer."
Uehara, Boston's sixth pitcher, got three outs for his sixth save this postseason, completing a six-hitter.
Lynn was the hard-luck loser, leaving with the score tied and two on for Maness, who allowed Gomes' homer on his fifth pitch.
"As a competitor, you want the opportunity to maybe pitch yourself out of the inning," Lynn said. "I'm not happy when I come out of a game — ever. That's just part of being a competitor."
It was a special anniversary for both teams. Exactly nine years earlier, the Red Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Cardinals across the street at old Busch Stadium for their first championship since 1918. And two years earlier, Freese hit a tying, two-run, two-out triple in the ninth against Texas and a winning homer in the 11th to force a Game 7, which St. Louis won the following night.
Buchholz, in his first appearance since the AL championship series finale on Oct. 19, fought through shoulder issues and his velocity topped out at 90 mph. He lasted a season-low four innings and 66 pitches before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter, but he allowed just an unearned run and three hits.
"I don't think I had the fastball I usually had. But I had some more movement on my other pitches and had some good defense behind me," Buchholz said. "I felt like I gave it all that I could while I was out there."
And on another strange night, it was enough.
NOTES: St. Louis had been 8-0 this postseason when scoring first. ... Cardinals C Yadier Molina extended his Series hitting streak to seven games. ... Holliday argued with plate umpire Paul Emmel after he was called out on strikes in the fifth, and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny came on the field to make sure his left fielder didn't get ejected. ... Beltran is 8 for 10 with 12 RBIs with runners in scoring position during the postseason. ... Just one regular-season game this year ended with a pickoff, when Houston's Jose Veras caught Jon Danks of the Chicago White Sox at second on June 15, STATS said.