Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/16)

Game 1: Monday, September 16
Cleveland 1Final
Boston 6
Game 2: Monday, September 16
Cleveland 7Final
Boston 1
Game 3: Tuesday, September 17
Cleveland 2Final
Boston 4
Game 4: Wednesday, September 18
Cleveland 6Final
Boston 4

Indians 7

(67-84, 31-42 away)

Red Sox 1

(85-65, 39-37 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 16, 2002

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    W: B. Tallet (1-0)

    L: F. Castillo (5-15)

    Tribe likes Tallet's style, and six shutout innings

    BOSTON (AP) -- If Brian Tallet keeps pitching like this, he might start a new baseball fashion trend around Cleveland.

    In his major league debut, Brian Tallet didn't allow a run in six innings and gave up just four hits.

    Tallet pitched six shutout innings in his major league debut and Travis Fryman hit a three-run homer to lift the Indians over the Boston Red Sox 7-1 for a split of their day-night doubleheader Monday.

    Tallet, who turns 25 on Sept. 21, wears his pant legs high, showing his stirrups -- a style not often seen in the majors.

    ''I didn't realize he wore his pants like that,'' Indians manager Joel Skinner said. ''That was great.''

    Tallet, a 2000 second-round selection out of Louisiana State, split the season in Double-A Akron and Triple-A Buffalo before his start. The rookie allowed four hits, walked three and fanned one.

    ''The butterflies started to come and I just told myself to relax,'' Tallet said. ''To go out there and give the team six good innings -- to keep them at bay -- I couldn't ask for anymore.''

    As for his uniform style, he said it's now a superstition.

    ''Being as tall as I am, I had trouble finding pants my size,'' the 6-foot-7 Tallet said. ''I started it in Akron, went 2-1 and got to Buffalo. Then I got here. I just want to keep it going.''

    Boston's defeat cut the New York Yankees' magic number in the American League East to four.

    ''He had very good composure out there on the mound for a young kid,'' Red Sox manager Grady Little said.

    In the opener, Pedro Martinez (19-4) pitched five scoreless innings as Boston beat the Indians 6-1.

    Nomar Garciaparra and Manny Ramirez were among five Red Sox regulars who did not play the nightcap.

    In the nightcap, the Indians took the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth off Frank Castillo (5-15) on consecutive sacrifice flies by Karim Garcia and Lee Stevens. They chased Castillo with two more in the sixth on run-scoring singles by Stevens and Fryman.

    Fryman's homered into the screen above the Green Monster off reliever Rolando Arrojo, making it 7-0 in the seventh.

    After the homer, the crowd broke into a brief chant of ''Let's Go Patriots!'' before many headed for the exits.

    Johnny Damon tripled and scored on the same play on Garcia's throwing error from right field for Boston's run.

    Castillo has lost his past eight decisions.

    Martinez, who raised his career record to 9-1 against the Indians in the first game, continued his pursuit of his second career 20-win season and his fourth Cy Young award.

    He was removed after pitching five innings with the Red Sox leading 3-0 following a 72-minute rain delay.

    Martinez gave up two hits, walked one and struck out four in lowering his major league-best ERA to 2.23. He is 10-2 with a 1.29 ERA since July 1.

    Ramirez hit his 32nd homer, a two-run shot, and Garciaparra went 4-for-5 with two doubles.

    Game notes

    Coco Crisp made a running catch and crashed into the wall on Shane Andrews' sixth-inning liner in the second game. ... Indians reliever Dave Burba left the second game with flu-like symptoms. ... Cleveland second baseman Brandon Phillips made a splendid play in the nightcap, diving to snare Tony Clark's grounder and making a perfect rolling backhanded flip to get a force at second. ... Jason Varitek started his three-game suspension, stemming from his part in a brawl with Baltimore on July 28, in the nightcap. ... Rey Sanchez returned after serving a two-gamer and played short in the second game.

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