November 24, 2014

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Home field advantage

THE ROAD TO THE RING: Tribe 4 Red Sox 2
Lofton homers, Westbrook locks down Red Sox hitters

CLEVELAND — Who’s afraid of Big Papi, the self-proclaimed bad man, Manny Ramirez and the Boston Red Sox?
Apparently not the Indians — anymore.

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Kenny Lofton hits a two-run homer in the second inning during Monday night’s win over Boston.

Taking a beating in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series did nothing to deter the Tribe, which ripped the series lead from Boston on Monday night with a
4-2 victory in front of a boisterous sellout crowd at Jacobs Field.
The Indians now lead the ALCS two games to one with two more in front of the hometown fans.
Though Cleveland’s players aren’t taking anything for granted, they know the opportunity that stands in front of them.
“That’s still a great team over there,” said first baseman Ryan Garko. “(Today) is another huge game. We’ve got a good situation at home to do some things.”
A quality outing from Jake Westbrook, with a little offense mixed in, went a long way for the Indians, who grabbed the early lead on fan favorite Kenny Lofton’s two-run homer in the second inning.
Westbrook and Cleveland’s impenetrable bullpen took it from there.
Contact Chris Assenheimer at 329-7137 or cassenheimer@chroniclet.com.

TODAY
WHEN: 8:20 p.m.
WHO: Boston (Tim Wakefield, 17-12, 4.76) at Cleveland (Paul Byrd, 15-8, 4.59)
TV/RADIO: Channel 8, WEOL 930-AM, WTAM 1100-AM, WKNR 850-AM

GAME 1 (FRIDAY):
Cleveland 3, Boston 10
GAME 2 (SATURDAY):
Cleveland 13, Boston 6
GAME 3 (MONDAY):
Boston 2, Cleveland 4
GAME 4 (TODAY):
Boston at Cleveland
8:21 p.m.
GAME 5 (THURSDAY):
Boston at Cleveland
8:20 p.m.
GAME 6 (SATURDAY):
Cleveland at Boston
TBA
GAME 7 (SUNDAY):
Cleveland at Boston
TBA