In­di­ans hit sweep spot

Plans to send Big Papi out a win­ner fall flat at Fen­way

Baltimore Sun - - ORIOLES & MLB PLAYOFFS - By Jimmy Golen

BOS­TON — The ball set­tled into the right fielder’s glove, the In­di­ans poured onto the di­a­mond and the fans fell silent.

Then, slowly from the Fen­way Park crowd rose a chant of “Pa-pi!”

While the In­di­ans cel­e­brated a 4-3 vic­tory over the Red Sox for a three­game sweep and a berth in the AL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries, the fans de­manded to see David Or­tiz one more time Mon­day night. Ten min­utes af­ter the fi­nal out, when most of the In­di­ans had moved the party into the vis­i­tors’ club­house, chants of “We’re not leav­ing!” and “Thank you, Papi!” fi­nally drew Or­tiz back onto the field.

Wear­ing a red warmup and a scowl on his face, Or­tiz lum­bered out to the mound and tipped his cap in all di­rec­tions, tap­ping his heart. Only when the cam­era zoomed in on him did it be­come ap­par­ent that the frown was not re­gret over an early postseason exit: Big Papi was cry­ing.

Af­ter two min­utes, Or­tiz walked to the dugout and re­tired for good, end­ing a ca­reer that brought three World Se­ries ti­tles to Bos­ton and trans­formed the once-fu­tile fran­chise into win­ners.

“I’m glad he didn’t get a hit to beat us,” said In­di­ans man­ager Terry Fran­cona, who was Or­tiz’s man­ager in Bos­ton when they won the 2004 and ’07 World Se­ries. “I thought it was an honor to be on the field, com­pet­ing against him in his last game, be­cause he’s truly one of the best. You could tell the way peo­ple were hang­ing around yelling his name and ev­ery­thing. He Closer Cody Allen cel­e­brates the fi­nal out as the In­di­ans beat the Red Sox 4-3 to sweep the best-of-five ALDS. RED SOX VS. IN­DI­ANS In­di­ans win 3-0 Game 1: In­di­ans 5-4 Game 2: In­di­ans 6-0 Game 3: In­di­ans 4-3 de­serves ev­ery bit of that.”

In­di­ans closer Cody Allen got four outs to com­plete only the se­cond postseason sweep in fran­chise his­tory. Rookie Tyler Naquin de­liv­ered a two-run sin­gle and Josh Tom­lin pitched five strong in­nings for the In­di­ans, who reached the ALCS for the first time since 2007 and open Fri­day against the Blue Jays in Cleve­land.

Or­tiz walked in the fi­nal plate ap­pear­ance of his ma­jor league ca­reer but could only watch from the dugout when Travis Shaw hit a game-end­ing popup with a pair of run­ners on.

Af­ter hit­ting 38 homers — the most for a player in his fi­nal sea­son — Or­tiz was 1 for 9 against the In­di­ans. He was hit­less with two walks Mon­day, hit­ting a sac­ri­fice fly in the sixth with two on in­stead of the three-run homer the Fen- way Park crowd wanted.

Coco Crisp hit a two-run homer and Allen es­caped jams in the eighth and ninth for the In­di­ans.

MATT CAMPBELL/EPA

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