Rookies Make It Happen For Boston

Sitting one game within a World Series sweep of the Colorado Rockies, the Boston Red Sox are more than a force to be reckoned with... it seems they simply can't be stopped.

Daisuke Matsuzaka struck out five through 5.1 innings of shutout baseball, behind the hot bats of rookies Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury, who went a combined 7-for-10 with 2 RBIs a piece at the top of the order.

Ellsbury became the first rookie in 61 years to have four hits in a Series game, nailing three of Boston's seven doubles. Pedroia's three hits included the bunt single that sparked a six-run third against Rockies starter Josh Fogg, who lasted just 2 outs into the inning.

Fogg was tagged for 6 runs and 2 walks, and allowed 12 of the 19 batters he faced to reach. Ouch... not the performance you'd like to see from your starter.

Down 6-0, Colorado came back with two runs in the sixth and got within a run when Matt Holliday -- who can only do so much -- hit a three-run bomb in the seventh on Hideki Okajima's first pitch.

However, they were unable to make a full recovery. Ellsbury fisted an RBI double down the right-field line in the eighth and Pedroia followed with a two-run double to made it 9-5. Jason Varitek added a sacrifice fly for good measure in the ninth for a final score of 10-5.

The game took 4 hours and 19 minutes; the longest nine-inning game in Series history. The Rockies will get one more shot at Coors Field Sunday night behind right-hander Aaron Cook against lefty Jon Lester and the surging Sox, who are aiming for their seventh Championship and second in three years.

All 22 previous teams, including the Red Sox, that took a 3-0 World Series lead went on to win, with 19 of them sweeping. Can the Rockies overcome the odds, or is there a "There's Always Next Year" post in their future?

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