World Series Game 1 game story.

It's a microcosm of the playoffs for the Red Sox.   In the bottom of the second inning on Wednesday night, the Sox had two men out, no one on and an 0-2 count on the batter.   And they scored a run.   Improbable? Perhaps, but hardly out of the ordinary. Through 11 games of the playoffs, eight wins, the Sox have done a lot of things right. They've struck for runs quickly, manufactured runs when necessary, piled on when the opportunity arose and all in all made it look like they were a college basketball power taking on a cupcake.   Notice to the Colorado Rockies - you're playing the varsity now.   The Rockies entered the World Series on a roll that baseball hadn't seen before. They won 21 of their last 22 games and along the way disposed of the Padres in a play-in game, the Phillies in the division series and the Diamondbacks in the championship series.   But that was against the National League East, not against the American League champs. To put it in perspective, think of the Red Sox being the Patriots and the National League being the rest of the AFC East.   It sure looked that way on Wednesday night. Playing in a steady rain, the Red Sox took Game 1 of the World Series, 13-1, in a game they grabbed the Rockies by the throat early and then strangled the breath out of them.   "That's not the way we drew it up," said Rockies manager Clint Hurdle. "I feel real confident we'll get back out there and get after it tomorrow."   It's hard to see why he feels confident. The 13 runs are the most ever in Game 1 of a World Series. Eleven of the 13 runs came with two outs. The 12-run victory was the most lopsided ever in a Game 1. The Red Sox established a World Series record with nine doubles and 10 extra-base hits.   "It looks easy, but it's not," said shortstop Julio Lugo. "We're facing a good team. Today, things worked out for us. Hopefully, the whole series will go like that.   "We're playing at the highest level now. Our defense, our pitching, our hitting - they're at the highest level right now. This is the World Series."   You need look no further than the first two innings to relish the Sox's dominance. Josh Beckett struck out the three batters he faced in the top of the first; the Red Sox scored three runs in the bottom of the first.   The Rockies touched Beckett for a run in the top of the second; the Sox rallied with a two-out, 0-2 run of their own.   For those who have seen the Sox the past two weeks, it was typical.   "Obviously, Josh's three strikeouts kind of set the tone for the game," said Pedroia. "He was throwing flat-out gas. A lot of momentum was on our side and we end up getting three runs. That's a nice cushion especially with Josh on the mound."   After Beckett struck out the side in the first, Pedroia put Rockies starter Jeff Francis' second pitch over the Green Monster to give the Sox a 1-0 lead.   Pedroia became the 18th player to leadoff a World Series game with a home run and just the second to lead off Game 1 of the series with a home run.   You have to go back to 1969 to find the other time; Don Buford did it for the Orioles against the Mets.   But Pedroia's blast was just the appetizer. Kevin Youkilis followed with a double, moved to third on David Ortiz's grounder to first and scored on Manny Ramirez's single to left.   Ramirez eventually scored on J.D. Drew's double to right.   One inning down, a 3-0 lead and the Sox had forced the Rockies' ace to throw 30 pitches. They could have mailed it in from there.   "It's certainly nice to play with a lead," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "I thought offensively, the whole night we did a good job of taking what he gave us, laying off pitches out of the zone. We took our walks, and when the ball was in the zone we took some pretty good swings."   "When you have good at-bats and have a good approach, you're going to score runs," said center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. "You're going to have a lot of success."   Colorado cut the lead to 3-1 in the top of the second, but Youkilis, down 0-2 with two outs in the second, worked a walk and scored on Ortiz's double to gap in left-center.   A two-run lead became three runs, and it became five runs two innings later. With two outs in the fourth, Ortiz single, Ramirez doubled and Jason Varitek knocked them both in with a ground-rule double.   Then came the seven-run fifth inning against three Rockies' pitchers, all seven runs scoring with two outs. Three runs scored on bases-loaded walks.   Seven players knocked in the seven runs. Ten men came to the plate with two outs.   Mercy.   "We know we can score with two outs," said Pedroia. "When we get two outs, I don't think anyone is going to quit on the inning. It just goes to show we're going to keep fighting. It doesn't matter if there are two outs, one out, no outs. We're going to try to find a way to have a good at-bat and get on base.   "Everyone is swinging the bat real well and we're kind of feeding off each other. When everyone's clicking on the same cylinder, it's definitely fun. We're going to score runs in bunches."   Meanwhile, Beckett, as he has all postseason, was dealing. The victory raised his record to 4-0 this postseason and the one run allowed lowered his ERA to 1.20. He walked one, just his second in 30 postseason innings, and struck out nine, giving him 35 in four postseason starts. He allowed six hits, the most he's allowed in any of the last four games.   The 93 pitches he threw in seven innings were 10 fewer than the number Francis threw in four innings.   "He's been effective for a while now," said Rockies manager Clint Hurdle. "His fastball has got good late life. He pitches both sides of the plate when he wants to and he gets ahead.   "Working on counts, good rhythm, good pace. As advertised, we've seen it before. We saw more of it tonight."   Enterprise