Indians Short Hops: Game 2
Sizemore has turnaround performance; relief stellar
BOSTON -- Fielding the Indians' 13-6 Game 2 victory over the Red Sox on a short hop.In < 25 words ...
Pinch-hitter Trot Nixon, facing his former team, delivered the go-ahead single with one out in the the 11th as the Indians evened up the ALCS. Frozen moment
The Indians trailed, 3-1, going into the top of the fourth. But, before the Red Sox could start padding their lead, Indians shortstop Jhonny Peralta struck with a three-run home run to put his team up. Peralta's home run was as big early as Nixon's single in the 11th. Big number
10 -- That's the number of walks Indians starters C.C. Sabathia and Fausto Carmona gave up in 8 1/3 innings over the first two games of the series. Game balls
Five balls. After going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in Game 1, Sizemore started off Game 2 with a double and eventually scored to give the Indians an early lead. He also hit a home run in the fifth inning before leading off the 11th with his single that started the game-winning rally.
Four balls. The rookie right-hander threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. He entered the game with one out in the fifth and ended a Red Sox rally by getting Jason Varitek to hit into an inning-ending double play. That was the first of six straight hitters Lewis retired.
Four balls. Betancourt was just as good as Lewis, throwing 2 1/3 scoreless innings and allowing one hit while striking out three.
Sense of October
Red Sox reliever Mike Timlin, 41, faced Kenny Lofton, 40, leading off the top of the eighth. They are the oldest players on their teams and have combined to play in 130 postseason games. Timlin won the battle by retiring Lofton on a line drive to center.
Lines of the Game
4 AB, 3 H, 0 HR, 1 RBI
Comment: Unlike in Game 1, Martinez didn't let the Red Sox middle of the order have all the fun this time around.
1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K
Comment: The Indians right-handed reliever set down David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez and Mike Lowell in the 10th inning to get the victory.
"This was a great team win. We knew how tough it was, battling back and forth. This is a tough place to play so we had to keep battling and find a way to score some runs."
-- Ryan Garko
Right-hander Jake Westbrook will be on the mound for the Indians when the series resumes on Monday with Game 3 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland. Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka will start for the Red Sox.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.