CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians used one big uprising to
beat Boston 7-3 and take a commanding 3-1 lead in the American
League Championship Series.
After four shutout innings, Cleveland erupted with seven runs in
the fifth inning while knocking out Boston knuckleballer Tim
Wakefield. Casey Blake had a solo homer and Jhonny Peralta climaxed
the big inning with his second three-run home run of the series.
It's the second time in this series that the Indians have scored
seven runs in one inning. The Indians did it in Game 2 when they
scored seven runs in the eleventh inning to win 13-6.
Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez hit consecutive
solo home runs in the top of the sixth. That was the first time a
team has hit three straight homers in a league championship series
and second time it's happened in postseason history. Paul Byrd gave
up the first two home runs but got the win for Cleveland.
The Indians can earn a World Series trip to Colorado with a win
in Game 5 on Thursday night. Boston sends out 20-game winner Josh
Beckett against 19-game winner C.C. Sabathia. The teams have