Indians Roll Dice For Series Lead

Westbrook holds Red Sox back as Matsuzaka folds again to hand Cleveland a 4-2 win
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2007 3:54 AM CDT
Indians Roll Dice For Series Lead
Boston Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez walks to his position after grounding into a double play to end the top of the sixth inning during Game 3 of the American League Championship baseball series against the Cleveland Indians Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Daisuke Matsuzaka's second postseason outing for Boston last night went much like his first: he gave up four runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings. Unlike his last appearance, Matsuzaka got the loss, as Cleveland's Jake Westbrook reigned in the Red Sox for a 4-2 defeat. The Indians now have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, reports the Providence Journal.

Kenny Lofton's two-run homer in the second put the Indians on the board. Although Jason Varitek countered with his own run in the seventh, it wasn't enough for the Red Sox, who were plagued by double plays and a Manny Ramirez grounder that hit David Ortiz for the out. Ramirez and Ortiz together are 2-for-7 with two walks in the series. (Read more MLB stories.)

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