Ortiz hit a grounder that second baseman Josh Barfield ran down in short right-center. With no chance to get Ortiz, Barfield held the ball but alertly threw home then Crisp decided to break for the plate.
Martinez scooped Barfield's throw on the right side, and shifted his body across the plate, shielding Crisp from sliding under the tag to preserve Cleveland's precarious lead.
"Coco had a chance and in this type of game you take it," Francona said. "Victor did a great job of blocking the plate. If the throw's just a little off there, Coco scores." Yahoo Sports
Don't believe a word of it. Coco Crisp inexplicably slowed up half way between home and third and did not slide. Manny Ramirez who was on deck, was nowhere to be seen and wasn't there to tell Coco to slide. Why did Coco slow up, where the hell was Manny? They both screwed the pooch.