-- Youkilis, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez connected for consecutive home runs for Boston in the sixth inning, only the second time in postseason history teammates went back-to-back-to-back.
Ramirez unloaded on a 3-2 pitch from Jensen Lewis in the sixth, sending the baseball rocketing over the center-field wall for a third straight homer for the Red Sox. Ramirez stood and admired the blast, which was his record 24th career postseason moonshot. Unfortunately for Boston, Ramirez's homer came too late.
Cleveland starter Paul Byrd spun five shutout innings before running into Youkilis in the sixth. Boston's first baseman lifted an 0-2 fastball from Byrd deep to left field for a home run to lead off the frame, marking Youkilis' first RBI of the series. Youkilis added a single in the third inning and he's hitting .400 (6-for-15) in the past four games.
For four innings, Boston manager Terry Francona looked like a genius for sticking with Wakefield as the Game 4 starter. Wakefield didn't allow a hit to the first 13 batters he faced and the knuckleballer turned in four shutout frames to open the game. In the fifth, Wakefield gave up a homer to Casey Blake, was charged with five runs on four hits, and was pulled after 4 2/3 innings.
Sense of October
Plenty of Boston fans have infiltrated Jacobs Field during this series against the Indians. The members of Red Sox Nation are most noticeable when Youkilis steps into the batter's box. The outnumbered Beantown backers bring a little taste of Fenway Park by bellowing out "Yooouuuuk!" every time the first baseman strolls to the plate.
Lines of the Game
4 AB, 1 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R
Ortiz continued his torried postseason pace and is now hitting .385 (5-for-13) in the past four contests.
1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
The floodgates flew open when Delcarmen yielded a three-run homer to Cleveland's Jhonny Peralta in the fifth.
"We've got to win Thursday -- that's the bottom line. If we don't, we're going home. We've got the right guy on the mound that day and hopefully we can continue this in Boston." -- Wakefield
The Red Sox will turn to their ace in a must-win Game 5 against the Indians on Thursday at The Jake. Boston right-hander Josh Beckett will square off against fellow American League Cy Young Award contender C.C. Sabathia.