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Nen has provided unintentional excitement

When Robb Nen is on the mound and the Cleveland Indians are holding bats, don't change the channel. It could get interesting.

Aided by a controversial call at first base, the Indians scored three runs in the ninth off Nen but couldn't complete the comeback. Despite his second shaky outing of the Series, Florida's closer held on for an 8-7 victory in Game 5 Thursday night.Cleveland came to bat in the ninth trailing 8-4. Bip Roberts hit a chopper to first baseman Jeff Conine, who threw to Livan Hernandez covering the bag. Hernandez clearly was at the bag before Roberts, but first base umpire Ken Kaiser called him safe.

"I think I was more stunned than anything," Florida manager Jim Leyland said. "I haven't looked at (the replay). I wouldn't comment on it if I did."

The Indians, who had won six one-run games this postseason, were in business again.

"Those are the things that happen in the game," Florida starter Livan Hernandez said. "I think maybe I didn't step on the bag."

Omar Vizquel singled Roberts to third and then advanced to second on catcher's indifference. Manny Ramirez struck out, but David Justice lined a two-run single to center. Marlins 8, Indians 6.

Matt Williams was retired on a fielder's choice, but went to second on second baseman Craig Counsell's errant throw to first.

Jim Thome stroked Nen's first pitch to left-center, scoring Williams and making it a one-run game.

Just as in Game 3, Nen and the Marlins survived. Sandy Alomar, who earlier homered and drove in four runs, flied to right for the final out.

"It's frustrating that you lose, but at the same time it makes you feel good about your ballclub," Indians manager Mike Hargrove said. "They don't quit. They don't turn over and die."

Now Cleveland will try to become the first team since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates to win the World Series after going on the road trailing 3-games-to-2.

In Game 3, Nen allowed four runs in the ninth, but Florida won 14-11. He was charged with one run on two hits in Game 5.

"I don't think anybody realizes what an outstanding lineup that is," Marlins manager Jim Leyland said.

THANKS HERB: Among the hundreds of signs and banners at Jacobs Field Thursday night, some of the most heartfelt were addressed to Herb Score.

"We love you Herb!"

"Thanks for the memories, Herb!"

People were saying good-bye to the man who guided them through so many Indians games.

Score is retiring after 34 years of broadcasting Cleveland Indians baseball. His final broadcast from the home booth sounded like any other.

"I'll just fade away, and that's the way it should be," said Score, the 1955 AL Rookie of the Year as a hard-throwing left-handed pitcher for the Indians.

Score made his last call from the booth in Cleveland without fanfare. When Gary Sheffield caught Sandy Alomar's fly ball to end Florida's 8-7 victory Thursday night, Score did what he's always done. He told people what happened.

"There's a high fly ball to right field," Score said, his deep New York accent soaring like the ball. "Sheffield is under it, and the Florid Marlins have won it. The Florida Marlins have won Game 5 of the World Series, 8-7."

Score will do his final radio broadcast as the Indians' play-by-play announcer either Saturday or Sunday in Miami. It will probably sound the same.

"It's the game itself that counts, not Herb Score," he said. "That's really the way I feel about it."

NO NAGY?: If the World Series gets to a Game 7, Indians manager Mike Hargrove doesn't sound crazy about Charles Nagy starting it.

"Officially right now, it's Charles Nagy in Game 7 if we go that far," Hargrove said before Game 5. "There's a lot of things that we're going to look at going into that. How Jaret Wright can bounce back factors into it."

Hargrove has been frustrated with Nagy's reluctance to pitch aggressively, saying he's talked with him "thousands of times" about it. Nagy's only strong outing in the postseason was in Game 5 of the ALCS against Baltimore, when he and the Indians beat Mike Mussina.

He was roughed up for five runs and six hits in six innings in Game 3 against Florida. In four postseason starts, Nagy is 0-1 with a 5.16 ERA. The most telling stat? Fifteen walks in 222/3 innings for a "control pitcher."

"I look at Charlie as still having good stuff," Hargrove said. "I wonder about Charlie's mental approach to what's going on around him."

Wright, the 21-year-old rookie who got his first Series victory in Game 4, could come back in Game 7 on three days' rest. He threw 105 pitches in six innings Wednesday night.