BOSTON, MA-(AP) - The Cleveland Indians have advanced to the American League Championship Series while ending the career of David Ortiz.
The Indians completed a three-game sweep of their division series by getting a two-run homer from Coco Crisp and a two-run single by Tyler Naquin (NAY'-kwihn) in a 4-3 triumph over the Red Sox in Boston. Josh Tomlin pitched into the sixth inning for the Indians, who are in the championship series for the third time in 10 seasons.
The game was scoreless until Naquin drove in a pair against loser Clay Buchholz in the top of the fourth. Crisp added a homer off his former team to put the Indians ahead 4-1 in the sixth.
The Red Sox got within 4-3 on an RBI single by Hanley Ramirez, which also put runners on first and second with two out in the eighth. Cody Allen worked out of the jam by getting Xander Bogaerts (ZAN'-dur BOH'-gahrts) to line to second before tossing a scoreless ninth to notch the save.
Tomlin got the victory by limiting the Bosox to two runs and five hits over five-plus innings.
Ortiz hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth and later walked to prolong the Red Sox's eighth-inning rally. They were the last two at-bats of his major league career.
Buchholz took the loss for Boston, allowing two runs and six hits over four innings.
The outcome sets up an ALCS between the Indians and Toronto Blue Jays, who completed a three-game sweep of Texas on Sunday. Game 1 of the Indians-Blue Jays matchup is slated for Friday in Cleveland.