Indians Beat Red Sox, Lead ALCS 3-1

Wednesday, October 17th 2007, 7:13 am
By: News On 6

CLEVELAND (AP) _ The Cleveland Indians are one win away from the World Series after Tuesday night's 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. The Indians lead the American League Championship Series 3 games to 1 and have won 32 of their last 43 going back to the regular season.

Casey Blake's solo homer started a seven-run fifth inning off knuckleballer Tim Wakefield last night. Jhonny Peralta added a three-run home run. Blake came up again and delivered a bloop single that scored Kenny Lofton, who singled and stole second. Paul Byrd got the win with five-plus innings, allowing two runs.

Boston's Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez hit consecutive solo home runs in the top of the sixth. It's the first time in league championship series history that a team has hit three consecutive home runs.

There's an off day today. The Indians can earn a World Series trip against Colorado with a victory Thursday night in Cleveland. The Red Sox will pitch their 20-game winner Josh Beckett against 19-game winner C.C. Sabathia for Cleveland.

The Indians haven't won a World Series since 1948.

Meanwhile, the Colorado Rockies have another week to wait to play in their first World Series. They have a team workout scheduled today.

``We'll probably scrimmage ourselves,'' says Rockies outfielder Ryan Spilborghs. ``It'll be the first time in a while we'll lose.''

The Rockies have won 21 of their last 22.