Indians smack down Red Sox 13-6 with explosive 11th inning to even series

By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) Trot Nixon spent 13 years in the Red Sox organization trying to prove he
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

By JIMMY GOLEN

AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) Trot Nixon spent 13 years in the Red Sox organization trying to prove he could hit lefties.

That ought to be pretty clear to everyone now.

The longtime Boston outfielder snapped an extra-inning tie with a pinch-hit single, and the Cleveland Indians broke loose with a record-setting seven runs in the 11th to beat the Red Sox 13-6 early Sunday and even the AL championship series at a game apiece.

‘‘I think we all know how a player can cross over to the dark side, but I fully expect that I’m the enemy coming in here,’’ Nixon said. ‘‘I was excited to finally get in there at 1:30 in the morning.’’

The anticipated pitching matchup of postseason star Curt Schilling and 19-game winner Fausto Carmona fizzled into a stalemate that lasted 5 hours, 14 minutes before Joe Borowski got Julio Lugo to hit into a game-ending double play.

The best-of-seven series moves to Cleveland for Game 3 on Monday night, when Red Sox rookie Daisuke Matsuzaka will face Jake Westbrook.

‘‘We’ll go have our workout in about 10 hours,’’ Boston manager Terry Francona said. ‘‘It would be a nice idea if you could run through the postseason without losing. I don’t know how realistic that is.’’

Manny Ramirez set a record with his 23rd postseason homer, and Mike Lowell followed with a shot that gave the Red Sox a 6-5 lead in the fifth and a chance to take control of the series.

Then their big bats finally went quiet.

Tom Mastny got the win and deserved it: He retired David Ortiz, Ramirez and Lowell in order in the 10th