Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 9/18)

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 6

(68-85, 32-43 away)

Red Sox 4

(86-66, 40-38 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 18, 2002

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    W: D. Riske (2-2)

    L: A. Embree (3-6)

    S: D. Baez (4)

    Four Red Sox errors help Indians rally to win

    BOSTON (AP) -- The Cleveland hitters weren't having much success until the Boston defense started helping out.

    Ellis Burks

    Pinch-hitter Earl Snyder reached on one error and scored on another to break an eighth-inning tie Wednesday night as the Indians scored three unearned runs to beat the Boston Red Sox 6-4.

    "This team is definitely a bunch of battlers,'' said outfielder Ellis Burks, who went 3-for-5 with an RBI double.

    Johnny Damon singled and scored Boston's first run, then homered in the fifth to make it 4-0. But Cleveland, which mustered just four hits in the first six innings against Casey Fossum, took advantage of four Red Sox errors to score twice in the seventh and three times in the eighth to take the lead.

    "It hurt us and we couldn't come back,'' said Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, who threw the ball into the dugout to allow the go-ahead run to score. "I should have held onto it. I knew that it was a tough play. You've got to be perfect. You try to make a Joe Montana pass and if it isn't perfect, that's the result.''

    Boston's loss cut the New York Yankees' magic number to two for clinching the AL East. The Yankees won 7-1 at Tampa Bay, and they could clinch at least a tie with a victory over the Devil Rays on Thursday, when the Red Sox are idle.

    David Riske (2-2) pitched one inning for the victory. Alan Embree (0-2) took the loss after giving up three runs, two of them earned, on three hits and a walk while getting just two outs.

    Danny Baez pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

    Karim Garcia hit his 14th homer, a solo shot, in the Indians ninth to make it 6-4.

    It was still 4-0 in the seventh when Coco Crisp came up with two out and one on and hit a grounder off first baseman Brian Daubach's leg. Omar Vizquel singled to make it 4-1 and chase Fossum.

    Ellis Burks hit an RBI double off Wayne Gomes before Embree came on and walked Jim Thome to load the bases. Embree then got Milton Bradley on a called third strike; he was ejected when he threw his helmet arguing about the call.

    Travis Fryman and Josh Bard singled to lead off the eighth, and Brandon Phillips moved up the runners with a sacrifice bunt. Snyder hit a grounder through third baseman Shea Hillenbrand for his second error of the game, scoring Fryman to make it 4-3.

    Pinch-hitter Victor Martinez singled to drive in another run and tie it. Rolando Arrojo got Vizquel to hit into what could be an inning-ending double play, but Garciaparra's relay went into the dugout to give Cleveland the lead.

    That deprived Fossum of the win despite a career-high 10 strikeouts in his best start of the year. He allowed two unearned runs on six hits and two walks in 6 2-3 innings to equal the longest outing of his career.

    "I was hoping to come in and help guarantee that he walked away with a win,'' Embree said. "That's my job. I didn't have it tonight. It just kept getting bigger and bigger and I couldn't stop it.''

    The Red Sox got to Ryan Drese early, scoring three in the first on singles by Damon and Garciaparra and doubles by Manny Ramirez and Daubach. Doug Mirabelli followed with a single, but Daubach was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

    Game notes

    P Tim Wakefield was honored before the game as the Red Sox winner of the Roberto Clemente Award for work in the community. ... The Red Sox announced that their Double-A affiliate will be in Portland, Maine, instead of Trenton, N.J. ... Indians manager Joel Skinner confirmed that C Einar Diaz (elbow) and OF Matt Lawton (shoulder) are done for the season. ... 2B Phillips threw Freddy Sanchez out from his knees to start the eighth. ... The Red Sox trying to win their first home series in five tries since mid-August.

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