The Cleveland Indians weren't about to panic.
Outplayed in the opener, they came back and simply overwhelmed the Florida Marlins with their pitching, hitting and defense for a 6-1 victory Sunday night that evened the World Series at one game each.Sandy Alomar lined a two-run homer and made the best of several big plays by Indians fielders, Chad Ogea shut down the Marlins into the seventh inning and Cleveland came through with several clutch hits that took the crowd of 67,025 out of it early.
Just the way Indians manager Mike Hargrove had hoped.
A 7-4 loss in Game 1 marked the third time this October that Cleveland had lost the opener of a postseason series. But for the third time, the Indians bounced back.
"There's no reason in panicking over something you can't control," Hargrove said before the game, "because it's already over with."
Game 3 will be Tuesday night at Jacobs Field with Florida's Al Leiter pitching against Charles Nagy.
Ogea limited the Marlins to one run and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings, and Mike Jackson and Jose Mesa closed with scoreless relief. Ogea also got some support, for a change - he had pitched 19 1-3 innings in this postseason, without Cleveland scoring a run.
Indians hitters, however, fared much better against Kevin Brown.
Marquis Grissom had three of Cleveland's 14 hits. He raised his career Series average to .441, the highest ever for a player with at least 50 at-bats, and now has hit in all 14 of his Series game. A day after going 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position, Cleveland got hits in its first three tries in the same situation.
Alomar, who singled during a three-run fifth capped by Bip Roberts' single, hit a two-run homer in the sixth.
Though Matt Williams' single started the Indians' three-run fifth, Brown's downfall may have begun before that hit. The pitcher ran to first base on a grounder that ended the fourth, and his final warmup in the fifth sailed to the backstop.
Williams led off with a single, Alomar singled with one out and Grissom followed with an RBI single for a 2-1 lead. Ogea then showed off what he had learned in interleague play, during which he had two sacrifices, with a bunt that moved up the runners.
Roberts made the move pay off with a single up the middle that gave the Indians a 4-1 lead.