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Red Sox Use Pickoff to Seal 4-2 Win, Even World Series

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Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli celebrates after tagging out St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong on a pick-off attempt to end Game 4 of baseball's World Series, Oct. 27, 2013.

Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli celebrates after tagging out St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong on a pick-off attempt to end Game 4 of baseball's World Series, Oct. 27, 2013.

For the second time in as many nights, a Major League Baseball World Series game has ended on a rare play as the Boston Red Sox picked off a St. Louis Cardinals runner to clinch a 4-2 win.

The victory evened the best-of-seven championship series at two games apiece heading into Monday's game five in St. Louis, which features a rematch of each team's top starting pitcher.

The Cardinals had pinch runner Kolten Wong on first base with two outs in the ninth inning and one of their best hitters, Carlos Beltran, at bat with a chance to tie the game. However, Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara caught Wong straying too far from first base and threw over to first baseman Mike Napoli before Wong could make it back to get the final out.

St. Louis led Sunday's game 1-0 early before Boston scored a run in the fifth inning to tie. In the sixth, Boston had two men on base with two outs when outfielder Jonny Gomes slammed a three-run homer to left field, giving the Red Sox a 4-1 lead.

The Cardinals scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to make it 4-2 and had runners on base in both the eighth and ninth innings, but could not score any more runs in front of their home crowd.
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