8:00 PM ET, October 27, 2007
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
• Summary: Boston is just one win away from its second World Series title in four years as Jacoby Ellsbury led the way with four hits and two RBIs, and Jonathan Papelbon held off the Rockies 10-5 to give the Red Sox a 3-0 edge.
• Rookies get rolling: Ellsbury and infielder Dustin Pedroia each had two RBIs and combined for seven hits as Boston batters blitzed Rockies pitching for 15 hits.• Turning point: After Colorado had sliced the gap in the seventh, Ellsbury quickly dampened the spirits of the Rockies' fans when he slapped a one-run double off Brian Fuentes to give Boston a 7-5 edge in the eighth. The Sox added to their lead when Dustin Pedroia drove a double to the wall in right-center scoring Kevin Youkilis and Manny Ramirez.
• Unsung hero: Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed just two runs, both in the sixth, but little else, scattering three hits over five-plus innings to record his third postseason win.• Grim reality: Colorado must win four straight games against a Boston team that has won seven straight Series games for the first time in franchise history. • Quotable: "These guys won 20 out of 21 and now have lost three in a row. You can't look at the past." -- Youkilis -- ESPN.com news services
Red Sox 10, Rockies 5
Lester overcame lymphoma, while Cook came back from a blood clot. ... Before Saturday, the highest altitude for a Series game was 1,117 feet in Phoenix. ... Arizona's Matt Williams doubled twice in an inning against the Yankees in Game 6 in 2001. ... Matsuzaka became the first pitcher to drive in runs in the Series since Florida's Brad Penny had two RBIs against the Yankees in Game 5 in 2003.
|3rd||D Ortiz doubled to deep right, J Ellsbury scored, D Pedroia to third.||1||0|
|3rd||M Lowell singled to center, D Pedroia and D Ortiz scored, M Ramirez to second.||3||0|
|3rd||D Matsuzaka singled to left, M Lowell and J Varitek scored, J Lugo to third.||5||0|
|3rd||J Ellsbury doubled to center, J Lugo scored, D Matsuzaka to third.||6||0|
|6th||B Hawpe singled to center, T Helton scored, G Atkins to second.||6||1|
|6th||Y Torrealba singled to left, G Atkins scored, B Hawpe to second.||6||2|
|7th||M Holliday homered to center, K Matsui and T Tulowitzki scored.||6||5|
|8th||J Ellsbury doubled to right, J Lugo scored, C Crisp to third.||7||5|
|8th||D Pedroia doubled to right, C Crisp and J Ellsbury scored.||9||5|
|9th||J Varitek hit sacrifice fly to center, M Lowell scored.||10||5|
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|Stadium||Coors Field, Denver, CO|
|Attendance||49,983 (99.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||52 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Ted Barrett, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Mike Reilly|