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Drew's grand slam helps BoSox force Game 7

• Quotable: "Hey, it's going to come down to Game 7, the two teams that won
more baseball games than anybody in the regular season, two teams
that have beat each other up over the course of the past week. And that's the way it should be.
It's something everybody should look forward to." -- Indians manager Eric Wedge

• Hero: J.D. Drew hit a grand slam in the first off Fausto Carmona and Boston never looked back.

• Figure this: Drew drove in a total of five runs, his first RBIs of the ALCS.

• Unsung hero: Curt Schilling gave up just two runs on six hits in seven innings.

• Series lookahead: Dice-K gets the Game 7 start for the Red Sox while Jake Westbrook takes the mound for the Indians.

-- ESPN.com news services

Red Sox 12, Indians 2

BOSTON -- The ball cleared the center field wall, and J.D. Drew raised his fist in celebration.

A grand slam.

A curtain call.

And better yet: A chance to do it again in Game 7.

The struggling Red Sox right fielder drove in five runs, backing
yet another postseason gem from Curt Schilling on Saturday night as
Boston battered the Cleveland Indians 12-2 to tie the AL
Championship Series at three games apiece.


"Hey, it's going to come down to Game 7, the two teams that won
more baseball games than anybody in the regular season, two teams
that have beat each other up over the course of the past week,"
Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "And that's the way it should be.
It's something everybody should look forward to."

Baseball and its fans are certainly looking forward to it in a
postseason where four of the first five series ended in sweeps.

"There's nothing, I think, funner in sports than a Game 7,"
Schilling said.

Schilling improved his career postseason record to 10-2,
allowing two runs and six hits in seven innings.

Fausto Carmona failed to get anybody out in the third inning,
giving up seven runs on six hits and four walks.

After failing to get a victory from co-aces C.C. Sabathia and
Carmona, the Indians hope Jake Westbrook can save them on Sunday
night.

The Red Sox turn to Daisuke Matsuzaka, who couldn't make it
through the fifth inning in either of his previous postseason
starts.

A third consecutive victory -- on the anniversary of Carlton
Fisk's extra-inning homer in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series -- would put Boston back in the Series for the first time since 2004,
when it rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the ALCS en route to its
first title in 86 years. The Red Sox also came back from a 2-0
deficit against the Indians in the first round of the 1999
playoffs.

"It just has to stop, and it has to stop tonight," Wedge said.
"They need to go to bed tonight with clear heads and think clear
thoughts and come here tomorrow expecting to win."

After stumbling in his previous outing, Schilling came back to
show why he is considered one of the best postseason pitchers in
baseball history. He gave up Victor Martinez's solo homer in the
second inning and otherwise held the Indians scoreless until Ryan Garko tripled and scored on Jhonny Peralta's sacrifice fly in the
seventh.

By that time, it was already 10-2.

Schilling got Kenny Lofton on a grounder and former teammate
Trot Nixon on a fly ball to end the seventh, then left to a
standing ovation. He took his hat off -- twice -- and waved up at the
box where his wife and family sit.

"This was about our offense just doing a phenomenal job,"
Schilling said. "J.D. Drew is a special player. I'm sure he's not
real proud of the year he had ... but he is the definition of 'even
keel.' I mean, he doesn't snap. He doesn't get too high, too low.
He just goes up and he plays the game. And tonight, that wins the
game."

Drew has struggled to live up to the five-year, $70 million
contract the Red Sox threw at him last winter even though no one
else seemed interested in bidding. He was signed to protect David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez in the lineup, but manager Terry Francona
dropped him from fifth to sixth in the lineup when he failed to
deliver timely hits in the regular season.

Coming into the game, Drew was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring
position, 1-for-11 in the two series combined and just .237 with a
chance for an RBI in 2007 overall. When he came up with the bases
loaded in the first inning against Carmona, he delivered.

Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis reached on infield singles,
and Ortiz looked at six straight pitches for a walk. Ramirez struck
out, then Mike Lowell was out on a shallow fly to right, not deep
enough to score Pedroia.

All Carmona needed was to get Drew.

"He almost worked through that inning, and then J.D. got him,"
Wedge said. "And then things sort of dominoed on him. It just
wasn't in the cards for us."

Drew hit a line drive into the camera box in straightaway center
field to give Boston a 4-0 lead, raising one fist as he rounded the
bases. Called back from the dugout by the same fans who had
clamored for him to be replaced in the lineup, he gave a two-fisted
wave.

"I've had a few of those in my career," Drew said. "None here
so far. But it was great. I think the atmosphere was great.

"It has been a tough year, my expectations are high. I didn't
have the year I would like to have, but I feel like I had a good
September and started getting things turned around. Just wanted to
go into the playoffs and have good at-bats."

Drew came up again in the third after Ramirez and Lowell walked
to start the inning and singled to center to make it 5-0 and spark
a six-run inning that essentially ended it.

But there was still time for one last redemption: Eric Gagne,
the former star closer booed off the mound in previous postseason
appearances, pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Game notes
Matsuzaka has struggled in two postseason starts, going 0-1
with a 6.75 ERA. He's allowed 18 baserunners in 9 1-3 innings. ...
Drew's homer was the sixth career grand slam in ALCS history. The
last was by Johnny Damon for Boston in Game 7 of the 2004 series
against the Yankees. Troy O'Leary hit one for Boston in the
division series clincher against Cleveland in 1999. ... Ramirez
became the first player in LCS history to walk twice in one inning
when he did it in the third. ... J.D. and Stephen Drew are the
third set of brothers to homer in the LCS in the same year, joining
Clete and Ken Boyer and Roberto and Sandy Alomar in 1997.