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Baseball Playoffs: Boston Forces Deciding ALCS Game With Cleveland


The Boston Red Sox have forced a deciding seventh game in Major League Baseball's American League Championship Series to decide who will face the Colorado Rockies in the World Series.

Boston's J.D. Drew hit a grand slam in the first inning Saturday, starting a scoring binge that ended in a 12-2 win over the visiting Cleveland Indians.

The series will end with a game Sunday night, again in Boston's Fenway Park.

The Red Sox have come back from a three-games-to-one deficit to tie the series at three wins each. Boston pitcher Curt Schilling earned the win Saturday, allowing two runs on six hits in seven innings of work. The 40-year-old veteran has a record of 10 wins and two losses in post-season games during his career.

Cleveland pitcher Fausto Carmona was pulled from the game with no outs in the third inning. He gave up seven runs on six hits, while walking four batters.

Boston will have Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching in Sunday's game, while Cleveland will place Jake Westbrook on the mound.

The winner will host the National League champion Colorado Rockies Wednesday in the first game of the best-of-seven World Series.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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