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Game Two live deep into the Fenway night

BOSTON -- After some technical trouble here, we're up and running with live updates from Game Two of the ALCS. Let's see if Indians starter Fausto Carmona can keep David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez off the bases. They were 10 for 10 in Game One and are 29 for 36 in the postseason thus far.

"I don't even know if there's a word for that," Tribe manager Eric Wedge cracked before the game.

If those two are on base all night and Cleveland leadoff man Grady Sizemore puts down another 0 for 5 as he did in Game One, it could be another long night for the Tribe.

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The series is tied: After 5 hours, 14 minutes, the Indians wrap up a 13-6 win at 1:37 a.m. Sheesh. see you in Cleveland.

The tie is broken: Folks are streaming to the exits here as the Indians exploded for seven runs in the top of the 11th off Eric Gagne, Javier Lopez and Jon Lester. Ex-Red Sox outfielder Trot Nixon pinch-hit the go-ahead single to score Grady Sizemore. A Lopez wild pitch that sailed behind Victor Martinez plated Asdrubal Cabrera and Ryan Garko's chopper up the middle scored pinch-runner Jason Michaels. Jhonny Peralta greeted Lester with an RBI double into the left-field corner and Franklin Gutierrez capped the outburst with a booming three-run homer high over the monster in left. It's 13-6 with Joe Borowski coming on and this series is about to be tied.

Through the 10th: Tom Mastny just retired David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez and Mike Lowell in order. Eric Gagne is coming out of the Boston pen to pitch the 11th and two New England reporters in the press box just yelled "Oh my God" virtually in unison when they realized that. Gagne does not spark much confidence in these parts.

You_2 On to extra innings: After 4 hours and 21 minutes, we're still tied at 6-6 and it's on to the 10th. Tribe reliever Rafael Betancourt got us here by outlasting Kevin Youkilis on an 11-pitch at-bat to leave pinch-runner Jacoby Ellsbury at second base. Youkilis fouled off six two-strike pitches before lining out to Grady Sizemore, who made an on-his-knee catch in center and sent Youkilis into a helmet-spiking tantrum (left).  Jensen Lewis and Betancourt have combined to retire 13 of the last 14 Boston hitters. It was 12 straight until Dustin Pedroia's two-out single in the ninth.

On to the 9th: It's still 6-6 as we move past midnight. Closer Jonathan Papelbon, who hasn't worked in eight days, is coming on for the Red Sox. The last 10 Boston hitters have been retired while the last seven Indians have also been set down.

End-7th: It's 6-6 as Ortiz and Ramirez just made back-to-back outs against Rafael Betancourt. Ortiz lined into the shift with Asdrubal Cabrera making the grab in short right field and Ramirez swung through a full-count pitch.

End-5th: It's only taken us 2 hours, 23 minutes to get to this point and the Red Sox lead it, 6-5. Want to see a bunch of crabby sportswriters? You should be here. Not only is this game a deadline-buster but last call in Boston is 1 a.m so that's looking bleak.  I tell everybody about Buffalo's 4 a.m. and people look at me like I've got three heads. So, to paraphrase Marv Levy, where do you think they'd rather be right now?

Manny_2 Schilling gave up Grady Sizemore's solo home run in the top of this frame and was gone after 4 2/3 innings. Carmona was lifted after Kevin Youkilis' leadoff single, which came on his 100th pitch. Rafael Perez came on and ended Ortiz's on-base streak at 10 (Ortiz reached on a fielder's choice but the streak officially ends because an out was made). Perez then completely fell apart.

Ramirez slugged an 0-2 slider to deep right-center for a home run that tied the game at 5-5 (right) and made Ramirez the all-time postseason home run king with 23 (one more than Bernie Williams). Three pitches later, Mike Lowell went deep over the Green Monster to give Boston the lead.

Mid-4th: A huge answer for the Tribe as Jhonny Peralta cracked a three-run homer to dead center off Curt Schilling to put the Indians in front, 4-3. We're already approaching 10 o'clock and I've got that Eric Clapton ditty "After Midnight" bouncing in my head.

End-3rd: It's amazing to see how patient the Boston hitters are at the plate. Carmona threw 39 pitches in the 22-minute Boston third as the Red Sox scored three runs to take a 3-1 lead -- and has already thrown 74 through three innings. So there will be no nine-inning outing from him tonight. Ramirez's bases-loaded walk, his third in two games, tied the game and Mike Lowell's two-run single put Boston ahead. The key play, however, was an infield single by Ortiz that bounced off Carmona's glove near the mound and kept the inning alive. Ortiz has reached base in 10 straight plate appearances, tying the all-time record set by Cincinnati's Billy Hatcher in 1990.

End-1st: The Indians radio crew got word that 14,000 fans are at Jacobs Field watching the game on the jumbotron. The Tribe leads it, 1-0, on Victor Martinez's two-out RBI double off Curt Schilling that scored Sizemore, who led off with a double. In the bottom of the first, Kevin Youkilis and Ortiz walked and Carmona was in major trouble. But he ended the streak of Ortiz-Ramirez when Manny bounced into a double play. A Sizemore hit/run and a Ramirez out. Pretty good start for the Tribe.

---Mike Harrington

(Photos: Associated Press)

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | [email protected]

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