Sunday, October 14, 2007
ALCS Game 2: Cleveland Goes for 7 in 11th, knots series
Cleveland 13 Boston 8 Cleveland's relief corps, Jensen Lewis, Rafael Betancourt, Tom Mastny and Joe Borowski shut out the Red Sox for the final 6 innings and Cleveland bats erupted for 7 runs in the 11th, capped by Franklin Gutierrez's 3 run homer over the Green Monster in left. Gutierrez had four RBI in the game, as did catcher Victor Martinez. Martinez (left) doubled and singled twice in five at-bats, also scoring a pair. Neither of the starting pitchers, Curt Schilling nor Fausto Carmona lasted through the 5th innings, as both teams sprayed the ball about the confines of Fenway Park. Powered by homers from Jhonny Peralta (left) and Grady Sizemore, Cleveland established an early 5-3 lead but the Sox leapfrogged them on back-to-back jacks by Manny Ramirez and Mike Lowell in the 5th. But that was the last the Red Sox would score, as Cleveland relievers rose to the occasion to help earn the split and send the series back to Cleveland deadlocked, 1-1. Starting pitchers Monday in Cleveland will be Jake Westbrook for the Indians and Daisuke Matsuzaka for Boston.