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Boston 12, Cleveland 8

                         CLEVELAND (TICKER) -- New Englanders finally have an October baseball tale that will put a smile
                         on their faces.

                         Pedro Martinez stopped the scoring madness with six no-hit innings and Troy O'Leary homered
                         twice and drove in seven runs as the Boston Red Sox closed out their American League Division
                         Series with a 12-8 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

                         Renowned for postseason failure, the Red Sox became just the second team to win a best-of-five
                         Division Series after losing the first two games. The Seattle Mariners rallied to defeat the New
                         York Yankees in 1995, the first year of the new format.

                         The improbable comeback featured the return of Martinez (1-0), who was unable to start due to a
                         strained muscle in his back. The likely Cy Young Award winner made amends for a second
                         dreadful outing by former Cy Young Award winner Bret Saberhagen and brought stability to a wild
                         game that was tied 8-8 after four innings.

                         "I decided I was going to be out there and whatever happened, happened. If if they decided to take
                         me out in the middle of an inning, I would do that," Martinez said. "But I had to be out there as
                         long as I could."

                         Martinez tossed four scoreless innings to open Game One and was even more dominant tonight.
                         He allowed just three baserunners, all on walks, and struck out eight, including Omar Vizquel to
                         end it.

                         "Saberhagen said that he was good to start and Pedro has been getting better the last three days,"
                         Boston manager Jimy Williams said. "Pedro came out about 4 p.m today and made a few tosses
                         and said his arm felt good. With that in mind, we felt he could give us a few innings, tops."

                         Adding to the lore was the unusual fashion in which the Red Sox scored. O'Leary belted a grand
                         slam in the third inning and a three-run blast in the seventh, both following intentional walks to
                         Nomar Garciaparra, who homered in the first. The seven RBI matched the postseason record also
                         equaled by teammate John Valentin in Sunday's 23-7 victory.

                         "It's been like that all year because of the player that (Garciaparra) is and the star that he is," said
                         O'Leary, who was 0-for-5 on Sunday. "Sometimes I respond. Sometimes I don't. But tonight was
                         a good night."

                         The Red Sox have not won a World Series since 1918 and have not been to an ALCS since 1990.
                         However, they took a winner-take-all game for the first time since beating the California Angels in
                         the 1986 AL Championship Series. Boston advanced to face its most hated rival, the New York
                         Yankees, in the ALCS beginning Wednesday night in the Bronx.

                         It was the Yankees who inflicted perhaps the most painful October loss in Boston history, a 5-4
                         victory in a one-game playoff for the AL East title at Fenway Park in 1978.

                         The loss was a bitter one for the Indians, who have won AL Central Division titles for five straight
                         seasons but are without a World Series crown since 1948. Cleveland appeared headed to its third
                         straight ALCS after an 11-1 win in Game Two but allowed 43 runs over the last 21 innings of the
                         series.

                         "This is pretty disappointing. We got a lot of veteran players and I'm sure they learn every year,"
                         Vizquel said. " People we expecting this team to go a lot farther."

                         Paul Shuey (0-1) was the victim in the three-run seventh that put Boston ahead to stay. Valentin
                         reached on infield single off Shuey's bare hand before Indians manager Mike Hargrove gave
                         Garciaparra a free pass. O'Leary answered the challenge, belting a three-run homer over the
                         right-field fence for an 11-8 lead.

                         "You don't pitch around people when there is no one on base. You pitch around people in RBI
                         situations," Hargrove said. "I chose to pitch around Garcicaparra. We had been handling O'Leary
                         until tonight."

                         With Martinez unable to start, the Red Sox turned to Saberhagen, who was pounded as he was in
                         Game Two. Saberhagen may have won Game Seven of the 1985 World Series for Kansas City,
                         but he wilted in the big-game pressure tonight. He lasted just two batters into the second inning,
                         allowing five runs and four hits.

                         Cleveland starter Charles Nagy, who like Saberhagen was working on three days rest, was equally
                         ineffective. Nagy lasted one batter into the fourth, allowing eight runs and six hits.

                         The Red Sox, who set major league postseason records for runs and hits in Game Four, jumped on
                         top in the first on a two-run homer by Garciaparra, his second of the series and fifth in eight
                         postseason games against the Tribe.

                         The Indians responded quickly in their half when Kenny Lofton walked, stole second and scored
                         on a double by Omar Vizquel. Thome gave Cleveland a 3-2 lead, clouting a pitch 477 feet deep into
                         the center field stands.

                         Saberhagen was the victim of two hard-hit balls before being lifted in the second. Wil Cordero
                         singled high off the wall in left field before Travis Fryman hit a ball that bounced off the top of the
                         wall and over for a homer and a 5-2 lead. Fryman's blast first was called a double before the
                         umpires conferred and reversed the ruling.

                         Boston fought right back in the third when Trot Nixon walked, went to third on a single by Jose
                         Offerman and scored when Valentin grounded into a force play. Brian Daubach doubled off the
                         left-field wall and Hargrove walked Garciaparra to get to O'Leary, who drove in 103 runs during
                         the season.

                         O'Leary responded by hitting the first grand slam in Boston's postseason history over the
                         right-center field fence for a 7-5 lead.

                         Cleveland regained the lead in the third on doubles by Roberto Alomar and Manny Ramirez, his first
                         hit of the series, and a two-run homer by Thome off Derek Lowe over the center-field fence. It
                         was Thome's fourth homer of the series and 16th in the postseason, moving him ahead of Babe
                         Ruth into third place on the all-time list.

                         Valentin made it 8-8 in the fourth with a sacrifice fly that scored Darren Lewis, who had
                         absent-mindedly wandered off second and went to third when catcher Sandy Alomar threw the
                         ball into center field.

                         Garciaparra capped the scoring with an RBI double in the ninth.

                         The Indians played most of the game without Lofton, their star center fielder and leadoff hitter. He
                         dislocated his left shoulder making a headfirst slide into first in the bottom of the fourth.

                         For three innings, Martinez was matched by rookie Sean DePaula, who did not allow a hit before
                         giving way to Shuey in the seventh.

                         "They got it done. I give them a lot of credit," Shuey said. "I think we lost a little mementum when
                         Pedro came in and shut us down. DePaula was awesome for us."

                         Ramirez, who drove in 165 runs in the regular season, was 1-for-18 with one RBI in the series.

Line Score
AL  FINAL PLAYOFFS
                    1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9     R  H  E
                    -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -     -  -  -
BOSTON              2  0  5   1  0  0   3  0  1    12 10  0
CLEVELAND           3  2  3   0  0  0   0  0  0     8  7  1   (FINAL)

BATTERIES:  BOS - BRET SABERHAGEN, DEREK LOWE (2ND), PEDRO
                  MARTINEZ (4TH) AND JASON VARITEK
            CLE - CHARLES NAGY, SEAN DEPAULA (4TH), PAUL SHUEY
                  (7TH), MIKE JACKSON (9TH) AND SANDY ALOMAR JR

             WP - PEDRO MARTINEZ (1-0)
             LP - PAUL SHUEY (1-1)
           SAVE - NONE

HOME RUNS:  BOS - NOMAR GARCIAPARRA (2) OFF NAGY IN THE 1ST, 1 ON
                  TROY OLEARY (1) OFF NAGY IN THE 3RD, 3 ON
                  TROY OLEARY (2) OFF SHUEY IN THE 7TH, 2 ON
            CLE - JIM THOME (3) OFF SABERHAGEN IN THE 1ST, 1 ON
                  TRAVIS FRYMAN (1) OFF SABERHAGEN IN THE 2ND, 1 ON
                  JIM THOME (4) OFF D LOWE IN THE 3RD, 1 ON

     TIME:  3:12     ATT:  45,114



Box Score
BOSTON (12) AT CLEVELAND (8) PLAYOFFS - FINAL

BOSTON                 ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
Offerman 2b             4  0  1  0   1  0   0  .389
John Valentin 3b        4  2  1  2   0  0   2  .318
Daubach dh              5  2  3  0   0  0   1  .250
 Sadler pr-dh           0  1  0  0   0  0   0  .500
N Garciaparra ss        3  3  2  3   2  1   0  .417
Oleary lf               4  2  2  7   1  1   0  .200
Stanley 1b              4  0  0  0   1  3   2  .500
Varitek c               5  0  0  0   0  1   3  .238
D Lewis cf              4  1  1  0   0  0   0  .375
T Nixon rf              3  1  0  0   1  1   1  .214

Totals                 36 12 10 12   6  7   9

BATTING: 2B - Daubach 2 (2, Nagy, M Jackson); D Lewis (1, Nagy);
N Garciaparra (2, M Jackson). HR - N Garciaparra (2, 1st inning
off Nagy 1 on, 2 out); Oleary 2 (2, 3rd inning off Nagy 3 on,
1 out, 7th inning off Shuey 2 on, 1 out). SF - John Valentin.
RBI - N Garciaparra 3 (4), John Valentin 2 (12), Oleary 7 (7).
2-out RBI - N Garciaparra 2. Runners left in scoring position,
2 out - Varitek 1.  Team LOB - 4.

CLEVELAND              ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
Lofton cf               2  1  0  0   1  0   0  .125
 Roberts cf             2  0  0  0   0  1   1  .000
Vizquel ss              5  1  1  1   0  1   0  .238
R Alomar 2b             4  1  1  0   0  1   1  .368
M Ramirez rf            3  1  1  1   1  1   1  .056
Thome 1b                4  2  2  4   0  2   1  .353
Baines dh               3  0  0  0   1  1   1  .357
W Cordero lf            4  1  1  0   0  2   1  .556
Fryman 3b               4  1  1  2   0  0   1  .267
S Alomar c              2  0  0  0   1  1   0  .143
 a-E Wilson ph          1  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000

Totals                 34  8  7  8   4 10   7

a-grounded to shortstop for S Alomar in the 9th.

BATTING: 2B - Vizquel (1, Saberhagen); R Alomar (4, D Lowe);
M Ramirez (1, D Lowe). HR - Thome 2 (4, 1st inning off Saberhagen
1 on, 2 out, 3rd inning off D Lowe 1 on, 0 out); Fryman (1, 2nd
inning off Saberhagen 1 on, 0 out). RBI - Vizquel (3), Thome 4 (10),
Fryman 2 (4), M Ramirez (1). 2-out RBI - Thome 2.  Team LOB - 3.

BASERUNNING: SB - Lofton (2, 2nd base off Saberhagen/Varitek).

FIELDING: E - S Alomar (1, throw).

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    Boston         - 205 100 301  -- 12
    Cleveland      - 323 000 000  --  8

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BOSTON                       ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
Saberhagen                    1       4   5   5   1   0   2  27.00
D Lowe                        2       3   3   3   0   2   1   4.32
P Martinez (W, 1-0)           6       0   0   0   3   8   0   0.00

CLEVELAND                    ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
Nagy                          3       6   8   7   2   2   2   7.20
Depaula                       3       0   0   0   2   2   0   1.80
Shuey (L, 1-1)                2       2   3   3   1   2   1  11.25
M Jackson                     1       2   1   1   1   1   0   4.50

Saberhagen pitched to 2 batters in the 2nd.
Nagy pitched to 1 batter in the 4th.

IBB - N Garciaparra 2 (by Nagy, by Shuey); Oleary (by M Jackson).
Pitches-strikes: Nagy 65-38; Depaula 47-25; Shuey 30-19;
M Jackson 25-16; Saberhagen 27-16; D Lowe 32-23; P Martinez 97-57.
Ground balls-fly balls: Nagy 6-1; Depaula 1-6; Shuey 1-3;
M Jackson 1-1; Saberhagen 1-2; D Lowe 3-1; P Martinez 6-4.
Batters faced: Nagy 17; Depaula 11; Shuey 9; M Jackson 6;
Saberhagen 8; D Lowe 9; P Martinez 21.

UMPIRES: HP--John Shulock. 1B--Durwood Merrill. 2B--Jim Joyce.
3B--Chuck Meriwether. LF--Tim Welke. RF--Jim Mckean.
T--3:12.  Att--45,114.   Weather: 58 degrees, clear.   Wind: 3 mph,
left to right.