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MLB: Boston 2, Colorado 1

Oct. 26, 2007 at 12:22 AM

BOSTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Mike Lowell doubled in the go-ahead run in the fifth Thursday night, as the Boston Red Sox beat Colorado, 2-1, to take a two-game lead in the World Series.

After pounding out 17 hits and winning easily in the series opener, the Red Sox captured a tense struggle in Game 2, despite stranding a dozen runners.

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Colorado will be at home for Game 3 Saturday night in the first World Series game ever played in Denver.

Boston starter and winning pitcher Curt Schilling allowed four hits and a run through 5 1/3 innings. With two on and two out in the sixth, Hideki Okajima came on to end the threat.

Okajima struck out four and did not allow a hit over 2 1/3 before being replaced by closer Jonathan Papelbon, who got the last four outs and moved the Red Sox within two wins of their second World Series title in three years.

Colorado scored in the first when Willy Taveras raced home from third on Todd Helton's ground out. Jason Veritek's sacrifice fly tied it in the fourth.

The Red Sox tied it with two out in the fifth, when David Ortiz walked, went to second on a single by Manny Ramirez and came in on Lowell's two-base hit off Ubaldo Jimenez.

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