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Last Updated: Monday, 22 October 2007, 06:23 GMT 07:23 UK
Red Sox clinch World Series spot
Boston's Dustin Pedroia
Dustin Pedroia (right) celebrates as Boston reach the World Series
Boston Red Sox crushed Cleveland Indians 11-2 at Fenway Park on Sunday to advance to the World Series.

They finally wrapped up the American League Championship Series by a 4-3 margin with the game seven win.

Red Sox scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to seal a stunning rally from a 3-1 series deficit.

They open the World Series against Colorado Rockies on Wednesday in a bid to win a second title in four seasons following their triumph in 2004.

Boston's comeback was only the 11th time in more than a century in play-off baseball that a team had fought back after trailing by such a margin. They outscored Cleveland 30-5 in the last three games.

The Red Sox themselves had been the most recent to achieve the feat when they rallied from 3-0 down in 2004 to beat New York Yankees, thereby becoming the first club in Major League history to make such a reversal from the brink of elimination.

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Boston won five of the first 15 World Series titles, including the first back in 1903, but, until they triumphed in 2004, they had not won the Series since 1918.

Colorado won two of three regular-season games played against Boston in June, the Red Sox taking the opener 2-1 before losing 12-2 and 7-1.

On Sunday, though, Boston were dominant against Cleveland, scoring one run in each of the first three innings to seize command early, and they never trailed.

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia led the offensive onslaught, blasting a two-run home run in the seventh innings and a three-run double in the eighth as Boston outscored Cleveland 40-8 in their four victories in the series.

The game ended on a sensational catch by Coco Crisp in deep right-centerfield, triggering wild celebrations on the field.

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