Brutal ending could prove costly

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox let one slip away -- a big
one they may soon regret.

Eight outs from an easy win, Boston gave up 12 runs in the final
two innings to the Cleveland Indians, who tightened the AL
wild-card race by rallying for a 13-4 win over the stunned Red Sox.

"I can't recall ever seeing a game that was going so smoothly
go in the opposite direction," Boston manager Grady Little said.
"It got ugly and it's something you want to forget about right

That may be impossible if the Red Sox end up missing out on the
playoffs because of it.

Casey Blake's two-run double triggered a seven-run rally in the
seventh when Cleveland chased Derek Lowe (16-7), who dominated the
Indians for six.

Trailing 4-1, Josh Bard hit a leadoff homer off Lowe in the
seventh and Cleveland's rookie catcher capped the unexpected inning
with a two-run single.

The Indians added five more runs in the eighth, turning what
looked like another loss into a surprising blowout win.

Boston's loss allowed Seattle to move 1{ games behind the Red
Sox for the wild card with eight games remaining. The Mariners beat
Oakland 9-3 Saturday.

"That might be the most frustrating game I've had in years,"
Lowe said. "We were up 4-1, and we weren't able to close it out.
It's one that's going to stick with you for a long time."

Blake's crucial hit came shortly after a costly error by second
baseman Damian Jackson and a wild pitch by Lowe, who came in 4-0
with eight saves in 23 career games against Cleveland.

Ben Broussard had four RBI and homered in the fifth off Lowe,
who dominated the Indians for six innings before becoming unglued
in the seventh.

Dave Lee (1-0), acquired by Cleveland in a trade earlier this
month with Los Angeles, got his first AL win and first in the
majors since Sept. 1, 2001, with San Diego.

Trot Nixon hit a solo homer for the Red Sox.

In the seventh, Lowe, who has dominated the Indians in the past,
gave up Bard's homer with one out and consecutive singles to Jhonny
Peralta and Angel Santos -- Cleveland's No. 8 and 9 hitters -- before
getting Coco Crisp to hit a grounder toward second.

Jackson charged and fielded the ball but missed when he tried to
tag Santos going to second. Jackson then dropped the ball
attempting to hurry a throw to first, loading the bases for

"It was a costly mistake," Jackson said in a somber Boston
clubhouse. "I take full responsibility. I tried to get the double
play and I probably should have gotten an out. It's a terrible

Lowe's wild pitch scored Peralta and Blake followed with his
double down the left-field line, giving the Indians a 5-4 lead.

Lowe was replaced by Scott Sauerbeck, but Cleveland wasn't done

The Indians loaded the bases again on two walks and went ahead
6-4 when Sauerbeck hit Broussard, forcing in a run. Bard then
capped the Indians' second-biggest inning this season with a
two-run single.

As Jacobs Field rocked, the young Indians got a rare chance to
see how it used to be when Cleveland was an AL powerhouse.

"When we started to come back you could feel the tension,"
Broussard said. "It was a playoff atmosphere. You could tell it
really meant something on every pitch."

Blake hit another RBI double in the eighth off Scott Williamson
and Alex Escobar had a two-run single to make it 11-4.

Lowe lost for the first time in six starts, charged with four
earned runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Early on, it appeared the right-hander would have little trouble
with the Indians.

He coasted through the first three innings, and retired 10
straight before Blake singled in the fourth. Then, he could have
never envisioned how his night would end.

"I know I keep saying it," Lowe said. "But it's very
frustrating. Things were looking so good."

Game notes
The Indians, who had just nine hits in their previous two
games, got 14 and matched their season high for runs. ... Nomar
Garciaparra picked up his 100th RBI, beating out a fielder's choice
in the seventh. ... Lowe hadn't lost since Aug. 19 when he left a
start against Oakland with a blister on his thumb after six
scoreless innings. ... Little expects Johnny Damon (abdominal
strain) and Bill Mueller (back spasms) to play in Sunday's series
finale. ... Only Toronto's Roy Halladay (40) has more wins than
Lowe (37) the past two seasons. ... Broussard's homer was also
Cleveland's first extra-base hit in 22 innings.