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Red Sox bullpen paves way for win

5 relievers able to pick up Clay Buchholz

ST. LOUIS — It seemed oddly appropriate that closer Koji Uehara picked off Kolten Wong for the final out of Game 4. After all, with the final five innings placed in the hands of the Red Sox relievers, manager John Farrell admittedly got “a little creative,” using five pitchers out of the bullpen. That number included Felix Doubront, who earned the win, throwing 2 innings and allowing only one run and one hit. The lefthanded starter-turned-reliever proved as unflappable and durable in Sunday night’s 4-2 victory as he was in two scoreless innings of relief Saturday in Game 3.

“I prepared myself to go more than two innings, at least, knowing that I threw two innings [Saturday] and [Sunday] was a different day,” said Doubront, who cruised through the fifth inning on nine pitches and also recorded three strikeouts in his stint.

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