December 22, 2014

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Tribe has one shot left

BOSTON — Are the Indians headed for the latest Cleveland collapse?It sure looks that way after the Red Sox took the wood to them in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on Saturday night.

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Boston Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew (center) is congratulated by Julian Tavarez (51) after Boston’s 12-2 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 6 of the American League Championship baseball series Saturday

Boston 12, Cleveland 2. That is not a misprint.

Thanks to a subpar outing from Fausto Carmona, the Indians join the Red Sox on the brink of elimination.

Boston battered Carmona for seven runs in just 2+ innings, sending the young righty shamed to the dugout.

It didn’t get any better with the Red Sox taking batting practice the rest of the game, while their starter, Curt Schilling, did his best Lawn Boy impression — mowing Indians hitters down.

So now the Indians’ hopes rest on the right arm of Jake Westbrook, who will start tonight in Game 7 against Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Westbrook was effective in his first start against the Red Sox, but odds are good that he’s going to have to be better.

If not, we may be adding “The Collapse” to a growing list of Cleveland sports disasters that includes “The Drive,” “The Fumble” and Jose Mesa.

Contact Chris Assenheimer at 329-7137 or cassenheimer@chroniclet.com.