Lofton steals 34th postseason base to pass Henderson

Updated: October 17, 2007, 12:53 AM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Kenny Lofton stole his 34th career base in the postseason Tuesday night, breaking Rickey Henderson's mark.

Kenny Lofton


Lofton hit a two-out single to left-center for Cleveland in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. Then, with Casey Blake batting, he stole second on Boston Red Sox reliever Manny Delcarmen.

Henderson, the career steals leader, had 33 thefts in eight years of postseason play.

"Well, it means I've been in the postseason," said Lofton, who has one other steal this postseason. "It's an opportunity for me to be able to stay aggressive and do what I do during the season. It's a good accomplishment."

Lofton would score on Blake's single, giving Cleveland its seventh run in the fifth and tying the club's postseason mark. The Indians also scored seven runs in the 11th inning of their marathon victory in Boston on Saturday night.

The Tribe beat the Red Sox 7-3 in Game 4 to take a 3-1 lead in the series.

The well-traveled Lofton is 40, but he's been playing a decade or two younger than his age this postseason. He homered on Monday night, and is batting .333 with six RBIs in the playoffs.

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