8:00 PM ET, October 25, 2007
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
• Summary: Boston's pitching staff struck again. Veteran Curt Schilling held Colorado to four singles and two walks in 5 1/3 innings as the Red Sox took a 2-0 series lead over the Rockies. Colorado built a 1-0 lead after the first inning, but Boston's Mike Lowell drove in the tie-breaking run in the fifth as Boston held on for the win.
• Bullpen comes up big: The Red Sox got 3 2/3 innings of shutout relief from Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon. Okajima entered with two on in the sixth and Boston up 2-1. He retired Garrett Atkins on a grounder and struck out Brad Hawpe to squash the threat and fanned three straight before he was pulled for Papelbon. Papelbon finished the rest of the game to secure Schilling's win.
• Rough World Series debut: Colorado rookie starter Ubaldo Jimenez lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits, but he also walked five batters and only struck out two.
• Scoring drought: Colorado became the first team since the 2001 Yankees to be held to one run or less in the first two games of the World Series.
• Hungry? Jacob Ellsbury stole second base in the fourth inning, the first stolen base of the World Series. That means Taco Bell will soon announce a Tuesday afternoon when consumers will be able ask for a free taco from one of the chain's 5,800 restaurants.
• Quotable: "Tonight we played better, we pitched better. We just didn't get the big hit." -- Atkins
-- ESPN.com news services
Red Sox 2, Rockies 1
If the Red Sox are looking for a reason they're up 2-0 in the World Series, they might not need to look any farther than the bullpen. Here's a look:
|* -- Nine strikeouts, zero walks|
Colorado's bottom three hitters in the lineup (Troy Tulowitzki, Yorvit Torrealba and Ryan Spilborghs) have hardly gotten the job done in the first two games of the World Series.
Matsuzaka left for Denver about 5 p.m in preparation for Game 3. ... Of the 50 previous teams that took a 2-0 lead in the World Series, 39 went on to win -- including six straight and 12 of the last 13. ... Okajima became the first Japanese-born pitcher to play in a World Series game. He struck out four, including former Japanese star Kaz Matsui. ... Jimenez had a 1.59 ERA in two playoff starts. ... James Taylor, a lifelong Red Sox fan, sang the national anthem.
|1st||T Helton grounded out to first, W Taveras scored, M Holliday to third.||1||0|
|4th||J Varitek hit sacrifice fly to center, M Lowell scored, J Drew to third.||1||1|
|5th||M Lowell doubled to deep left, D Ortiz scored, M Ramirez to third.||1||2|
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|Stadium||Fenway Park, Boston, MA|
|Attendance||36,730 (99.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||48 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Laz Diaz, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Mike Everitt|