The Boston Red Sox are one victory away from being World Series champions after a 10-5 win in Colorado put them 3-0 up in the best-of-seven series. Daisuke Matsuzaka celebrated becoming the first Japanese pitcher to start a World Series game by striking out five men and driving in two runs.
The Red Sox can capture their second World Series crown in four years with a win in game four on Sunday.
“It’s a great situation to be in,” said Boston centre fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
No team has ever come from 3-0 down to win the World Series.
“Looks like we’re in ground-breaking territory,” said Rockies manager Clint Hurdle. “We just have to go out and win game four.”
Boston took a 6-0 lead with a third-inning barrage off Colorado pitcher Josh Fogg.
Colorado narrowed it to 6-5 after Matt Holliday’s three-run homer in the seventh off reliever Hideki Okajima, but Boston tacked on three more runs in the eighth and another in the ninth.
Retiring Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio has been named as the winner of 2007’s Roberto Clemente Award. The award is named after former Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente, who died in a plane crash while attempting to transport relief supplies to earthquake-torn Nicaragua in 1972.
It is given each year to recognise a player who exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and contribution to his team.
Biggio, who retired last month after a 20-year career with the Astros, has been heavily involved for years with the Houston-based Sunshine Kids Foundation, which supports children with cancer and their families.