Today in Tribe History: October 7, 1998

The Cleveland Indians even up the American League Championship Series with a 4-1 win in 12 innings over the New York Yankees.

The Tribe jumped on the board first in the fourth on a home run by David Justice off of Yankees starter David Cone. New York tied the game in the bottom of the seventh and ended the outing of Charles Nagy, who had come an out away from escaping a jam with runners on the corners. Instead, Scott Brosius doubled home Bernie Williams to knot the game at one.

Knoblauch - AP Photo/Audrey Tiernan
Knoblauch – AP Photo/Audrey Tiernan

Cleveland reclaimed the lead in the 12th on a bizarre play. After a leadoff single from Jim Thome, Enrique Wilson entered the game as a pinch-runner. Travis Fryman dropped down a sacrifice bunt, but the throw from pitcher Jeff Nelson hit him and rolled past second baseman Chuck Knoblauch, who was covering first. Knoblauch, instead of picking up the ball, initiated an argument with the umpiring crew over interference while Wilson and Fryman continued to run. Wilson scored and Fryman went all the way to third on another throwing error on the play.

After a strikeout of Brian Giles, Sandy Alomar was hit by a pitch. Joey Cora drew a walk to load the bases and Kenny Lofton pushed the lead to 4-1 with his two-out, two-run single to left.

Mike Jackson earned the save in the bottom of the inning to even the series at 1-1.

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