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Red Sox short hops10/18/2004 3:49 AM ET
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
BOSTON -- David Ortiz is not ready for the season to end, and neither are his teammates.
A look at key statistics through Game 4 of the ALCS. Team stats
Nine hours and 22 minutes. That's the combined time for Games 3 and 4 of the 2004 ALCS. Saturday's game established a record as the longest nine-inning game at four hours, 20 minutes. Sunday's game lasted five hours and two minutes, an ALCS record for an extra-inning game. Frozen moment I
See David Ortiz Frozen moment II
With the Sox trailing 4-3 in the ninth, pinch-runner Dave Roberts stole second base and scored on Bill Mueller's single up the middle to tie the game at 4. Muellar advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on an error but would stay there. Tough call, Terry
Derek Lowe battled his way through 5 1/3 gutsy innings before giving up a triple to Hideki Matsui with one out in the sixth and the Red Sox ahead, 3-2. Mike Timlin replaced him and gave up two runs as the home team fell behind, 4-3. Lowe threw only 88 pitches and having thrown only 12 pitches in the two weeks leading up to Sunday, he likely could have thrown more. Six pitchers were used in the game, but Lowe could see action Monday. Avoiding the sweep
The Red Sox became only the sixth team in 26 series to trail a series 3-0 and avoid elimination with a victory. The New York Mets defeated the Braves, 3-2, in Game 4 of the 1999 NLCS. The Mets would win Game 5 as well before losing in the sixth game. Close call
Three of the four games in the 2004 ALCS have been decided by three runs or less and eight of the last nine postseason games between the Yankees and Red Sox have been decided by the same margin. Since the start of the 2003 ALCS, only two of the 10 games played in the postseason between the two teams have been decided by a wider margin. Last word
"We set out to win. That was our only objective and somehow we did."
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