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Cleveland Indians pitcher Bartolo Colon
  clenches his fist after striking out Boston Red
   Sox batter Jason Varitek to end the eighth
 inning Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999 at Jacobs Field
     in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) 


Cleveland Indians players mob Travis Fryman,
 right, after his bases-loaded single in the ninth
 inning gave the Indians a 3-2 victory over the
 Boston Red Sox Wednesday night at The Jake.
   The Tribe takes a 1-0 series lead with the
      victory. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) 
CLEVELAND 3, BOSTON 2 - 10/6/99 

 CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Pedro Martinez strained his back
 and Travis Fryman made it a painful night for the
 Boston Red Sox. 

 Fryman singled home the winning run in the bottom of
 the ninth inning and the Cleveland Indians snapped an
 eight-game losing streak in playoff openers with a 3-2
 victory in their American League Division Series. 

 The Red Sox lost Martinez after four innings and could
 withstand the absence of the likely Cy Young Award
 winner for only so long before losing for the 17th time
 in their last 18 postseason games. He hurt himself
 throwing a pitch to Jim Thome in the fourth inning. 

 "I made one of my best pitches to Thome and I felt a
 little strain in my back. I kept pitching but I sort of laid a
 couple of fastballs in," Martinez said. "Hopefully I will be
 back for my next (start). I wouldn't have come out of
 the game if it didn't hurt." 

 The Indians received a dominant eight-inning
 performance from starter Bartolo Colon, who allowed
 two runs, five hits and three walks, striking out 11. Paul
 Shuey (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. 

 "I think Bartolo was absolutely outstanding. His last
 pitch was 99 miles per hour," Indians manager Mike
 Hargrove said. "That's been his history through his brief
 career. The deeper in the ballgame he gets, and the
 game is on the line, he throws harder and gets better." 

 Derek Lowe did everything he could to keep Boston in
 contention, but a costly error by third baseman John
 Valentin in the sixth led to a two-run homer by Thome. 

 Lowe (0-1) hit Ramirez in the bottom of the ninth and
 was replaced by Rheal Cormier, who retired Thome on
 a fly ball before pinch-hitter Wil Cordero singled to
 right. 

 Rich Garces relieved and walked Richie Sexson to load
 the bases before Fryman, who did not drive in a run in
 10 postseason games last season, lined a single to left
 for the game-winner. 

 "The only good thing about that last at-bat was the
 result," said Fryman, who was fooled a pitch earlier
 and barely made contact on a check swing. 

 Game Two of the best-of-five series is Thursday
 afternoon at Jacobs Field. The Indians had lost the
 opener of each playoff series since defeating Boston in
 the first game of the 1995 Division Series. 

 "Hopefully we will know how to act when we are up 1-0
 instead of being down 0-1," Indians shortstop Omar
 Vizquel said. "No doubt this is huge." 

 Colon was among baseball's best pitchers in the second
 half of the season, compiling an 11-2 record with 2.60
 ERA in his last 15 starts. The Indians often are called a
 team without an ace, but Colon clearly pitched like one
 tonight, allowing just one hit over his final four innings. 

 The strikeouts were one short of the Cleveland
 postseason high set by Charles Nagy against Baltimore
 in the 1996 Division Series. 

 Nomar Garciaparra played a role in both Boston runs,
 homering in the second and scoring on a single by Mike
 Stanley in the fourth. Stanley had three hits and
 Garciaparra two to account for all of Boston's hits. 

 Garciaparra hit five homers against Cleveland during
 the regular season and continued his success in
 October, belting a 2-1 pitch from Colon over the
 center-field fence to open the second. Garciaparra also
 hit three homers in the four-game Division Series loss
 to Cleveland last season. 

 The Red Sox made it 2-0 in the fourth when
 Garciaparra led off with a double and scored on a
 one-out single to left by Stanley.

 Pitching in 49-degree weather, Martinez allowed three
 hits with one walk and three strikeouts. 

 "In the fourth inning, I noticed that Pedro threw only in
 the 80s," Vizquel said. "I turned to Sandy (catcher
 Sandy Alomar) and said, `Pedro's not throwing the
 same.' Sure enough, he was out of the game and that
 gave us a big lift." 

 The big lift for the Indians could turn out to be a
 disaster for Boston, which desperately needs Martinez
 to start again against a team that scored 1,009 runs
 this season. 

 The Indians put runners in scoring position against
 Martinez in the first and third innings before Ramirez --
 who drove in 165 runs during the season -- made the
 final out each time. 

 Martinez apparently hurt himself while throwing a pitch
 in the fourth. His night ended when he ran to cover first
 on a ground ball by David Justice in that frame. He
 hesitated slightly as he took the toss from Stanley but
 did not appear to be in pain. 

 Lowe dominated the Indians in the regular season,
 allowing just one hit in 30 at-bats, and was effective in
 his emergency role, allowing just one hit -- the homer
 by Thome. 

 The Indians tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth when
 Valentin short-hopped a throw to first on a routine
 two-out grounder by Ramirez. 

 "When I threw it, I thought it was a strike, but it came
 up short," Valentin said. 

 Thome made the Red Sox pay, blasting the first pitch
 from Lowe 434 feet into the right field bleachers. 

 "I figured he didn't want to start me off with a fastball,"
 said Thome. "He threw a changeup and sure enough it
 was there." 

 It was the 13th career postseason homer for Thome,
 tying him with Ramirez for fourth on the all-time list.


BOSTON (2) AT CLEVELAND (3) PLAYOFFS - FINAL 

BOSTON                 ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
Offerman 2b             2  0  0  0   2  0   0  .000
John Valentin 3b        4  0  0  0   0  1   2  .000
Varitek c               4  0  0  0   0  3   1  .000
N Garciaparra ss        3  2  2  1   1  1   0  .667
Oleary lf               4  0  0  0   0  1   2  .000
Stanley 1b              4  0  3  1   0  0   0  .750
Daubach dh              3  0  0  0   0  3   3  .000
D Lewis cf              3  0  0  0   0  1   3  .000
T Nixon rf              3  0  0  0   0  2   1  .000

Totals                 30  2  5  2   3 12  12

BATTING: 2B - N Garciaparra (1, Colon). HR - N Garciaparra (1, 2nd inning 
off Colon 0 on, 0 out). RBI - N Garciaparra (1), Stanley (1). Runners 
left in scoring position, 2 out - Varitek 1, D Lewis 1. GIDP - 
John Valentin. Team LOB - 4.

FIELDING: E - John Valentin (1, throw). 

CLEVELAND              ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
Lofton cf               3  0  0  0   1  1   0  .000
Vizquel ss              4  0  0  0   0  0   1  .000
R Alomar 2b             4  0  2  0   0  0   0  .500
M Ramirez rf            3  2  0  0   0  1   3  .000
Thome 1b                4  1  1  2   0  1   1  .250
Baines dh               3  0  1  0   0  0   0  .333
 a-W Cordero ph         1  0  1  0   0  0   0 1.000
Justice lf              3  0  0  0   0  1   1  .000
 b-Sexson ph            0  0  0  0   1  0   0  .000
Fryman 3b               4  0  1  1   0  1   1  .250
S Alomar c              3  0  0  0   0  2   0  .000

Totals                 32  3  6  3   2  7   7

a-singled for Baines in the 9th; b-walked for Justice in the 9th.

BATTING: HR - Thome (1, 6th inning off D Lowe 1 on, 2 out). 
RBI - Thome 2 (2), Fryman (1). 2-out RBI - Thome 2. Runners 
left in scoring position, 2 out - M Ramirez 2. Team LOB - 7.

BASERUNNING: SB - R Alomar (1, 2nd base off P Martinez/Varitek). 

FIELDING: E - R Alomar (1, throw). Outfield assists - Justice 
(N Garciaparra at 1st base). DP: 2 (Fryman-R Alomar-Thome,
Justice-R Alomar-Thome). 

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    Boston         - 010 100 000  --  2
    Cleveland      - 000 002 001  --  3

One out when winning run scored.
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BOSTON                       ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
P Martinez                    4       3   0   0   1   3   0   0.00
D Lowe (L, 0-1)               4       1   3   1   0   4   1   2.25
R Cormier                       1/3   1   0   0   0   0   0   0.00
R Garces                      0       1   0   0   1   0   0   0.00

CLEVELAND                    ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
Colon                         8       5   2   2   3  11   1   2.25
Shuey (W, 1-0)                1       0   0   0   0   1   0   0.00

D Lowe pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.

HBP - M Ramirez (by D Lowe).  Pitches-strikes: Colon 116-73;
Shuey 11-8; P Martinez 58-40; D Lowe 59-38; R Cormier 8-5;
R Garces 8-3.  Ground balls-fly balls: Colon 8-4; Shuey 0-2; 
P Martinez 5-4; D Lowe 7-1; R Cormier 0-1; R Garces 0-0.  Batters
faced: Colon 30; Shuey 3; P Martinez 16; D Lowe 15; R Cormier 2;
R Garces 2. 

UMPIRES: HP--Rocky Roe. 1B--Larry Young. 2B--John Hirschbeck.
3B--Joe Brinkman. LF--Mike Reilly. RF--Derryl Cousins.
T--2:53.  Att--45,182.   Weather: 49 degrees, partly cloudy.  
Wind: 9 mph, right to left.