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In sunny Florida, Indians put serious chill on Marlins

The World Series hadn't even left Florida, and already Cleveland had given the Marlins the big chill.

Sandy Alomar and Chad Ogea weren't about to let the Marlins run wild again like they did in the opener."Nobody's going to sweep. Now we're going home to our environment," Jim Thome said after Cleveland evened the World Series 1-all with a 6-1 victory Sunday night.

Ogea, finally getting some support in the postseason, allowed just one run and seven hits in 62/3 innings. Marquis Grissom hit a go-ahead single in a three-run fifth, Bip Roberts added a two-run single later in the inning and Alomar hit a two-run homer in the sixth.

"We just couldn't get that big hit tonight," Marlins manager Jim Leyland said. "Ogea made some big pitches when he had to."

In Saturday night's opener, Moises Alou hit a go-ahead three-run homer off Orel Hershiser, and Charles Johnson followed with an upper-deck shot. Cleveland, in the Series for the second time in three seasons, seemed shocked.

But the Marlins couldn't do it again.

On a 77-degree night, the warmest for a Series game since 1977 at Dodger Stadium, the crowd of 67,025 was shaking to samba before the game. It was more movement than their teal heroes managed on the bases, and now Florida is in for a cold welcome at Jacobs Field, where the gametime temperature for Game 3 on Tuesday night is expected to be near 40.

"If we're sitting around looking at each other shivering, we have problems," Leyland said.

Alomar, the star for Cleveland so many times during the season, did it again. With the score tied at 1 in the fourth, Moises Alou led off with a double and Charles Johnson hit a swinging bunt.

Alomar popped out in front of the plate, threw to third and Matt Williams tagged out Alou.

Gigantic momentum buster.

"A big-time play," Indians manager Mike Hargrove said.

Two innings later, Alomar blew open the game with his drive into the second deck after a leadoff walk by David Justice.

And to make it extra special, it came on his father's 54th birthday. Sort of a gift to dad.

"I'm not trying to be cheap and not buy him a present," Alomar said. "I got him a watch last week, so he already got a gift."

Ogea got a present, too. He had been 0-2 in the postseason, mainly because the Indians hadn't scored a single run in the 19 2/3 innings he had pitched.

"It goes in stages," he said. "You go out there and throw good one time and get no runs, and another time you get a lot of runs," he said. "Our team turned it up tonight."

Mike Jackson and Jose Mesa combined with one-hit relief, extending the bullpen's scoreless streak to 10 2/3 innings.

Marlins starter Kevin Brown, who had been 2-0 in the postseason, allowed all six runs and 10 hits in six innings.

"In defense of Kevin, when you're a sinkerball pitcher, you live and die with the ground ball," Leyland said. "When they hit it at somebody, it's great. When they find the holes like the did in that one inning . . . it can be a long night."

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Additional Information

Indians 6, Marlins 1

CLEVELAND FLORIDA

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Roberts 2b 3 0 1 2 DWhite cf 5 0 2 0

TFrndz 2b 2 0 2 0 Rnteria ss 4 1 2 0

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Rmirez rf 5 0 0 0 Bonilla 3b 4 0 0 0

Justice lf 3 0 1 1 Conine 1b 3 0 1 1

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Thome 1b 4 0 1 0 Alou lf 4 0 2 0

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Cleveland

Ogea W,1-0 6 2-3 7 1 1 1 4

MJackson 1 1-3 1 0 0 0 1

Mesa 1 0 0 0 1 1

Florida

KJBrown L,0-1 6 10 6 6 2 4

FHeredia 1 1 0 0 0 1

Alfonseca 2 3 0 0 0 0

HBP-by Ogea (Sheffield).

Umpires-Home, Ford; First, West; Second, Kosc; Third, Marsh; Left, Kaiser; Right, Montague.

T-2:48. A-67,025 (41,855).