The spotlight never shined brighter and the pressure never weighed heavier on Jose Iglesias than yesterday in the bottom of the ninth inning, when he faced Cleveland closer Chris Perez with two outs and two runners on.

It was a situation where a 23-year-old rookie could look like a 23-year-old rookie who still belongs in Pawtucket or one who belongs at Fenway Park.

So when Iglesias worked a full count and laid off a 92 mph fastball that just missed for ball four, he not only kept a rally going that eventually produced a 6-5 win, he also proved the moment isn’t too big for him in a major league setting.

“That was the game right there,” David Ortiz said of Iglesias’ at-bat. “That was the game. That at-bat was unbelievable. You know, it was — he fouled some nasty pitches. He (stuck) with his plan; that was the game right there.”

Iglesias, who was not available for comment after the game, fell down 0-1 on a called strike before working the count back in his favor on two sliders. He then fouled off two pitches and watched ball three go by on the fourth slider of the at-bat.

Perez then tried to paint the outside corner and Iglesias leaned in, watched the ball into catcher Carlos Santana’s mitt and waited for home plate umpire Chris Guccione’s call: Ball four.

The next batter, Jacoby Ellsbury, doubled to left-center to score Jonny Gomes and Stephen Drew with the tying and winning runs.

After the game, it was the plate discipline by Iglesias that drew the highest praise from Red Sox manager John Farrell.

“When you think back to the ninth inning, the key at-bat to me was Iglesias’ walk,” Farrell said. “He fouls off a tough two-strike pitch, takes a close 3-2 pitch to walk. Unfortunately for them, Perez goes out with an injury. We felt like when (Indians reliever Joe) Smith came in, that arm slot fit Jake’s swing pretty well and we saw the reason for it.”