75 YEARS & A FENWAY HANGOVER ...
Dwight Evans' powers the Sox
in a 12-8 comeback

May 28, 1987 ... Nothing like a little vacation to bring out the best in Dwight Evans. His return to the Red Sox lineup was the key to a 12-8 victory over Cleveland at Fenway Park. For the fourth time in his 15-year career, he drove in six runs. That sparked the Red Sox' comeback from a 6-1 deficit as they completed a four-game sweep of the last-place Indians.

It overshadowed a historic performance by Cleveland's Joe Carter, who became the first visitor ever to post two three-homer games at Fenway.

Evans led the way it with three hits, including his 299th career homer in the fifth inning. Two of the three hits were off former National League star Steve Carlton, who, along with the 22,350 fans, will have a hard time forgetting his Fenway Park debut. Evans' homer was a three-run shot that cleared the left-field screen, his eighth of the year.

Evans led the Sox assault against five pitchers, four of whom gave a good indication why the Indians are entrenched in the cellar in the American League East. Carlton was the worst of the lot, failing to hold a five-run lead after two innings. He threw 97 pitches in 4 1/3 innings.

The Sox fell behind 4-0, before they got a chance to bat. In his first major league inning, John Leister was tagged for three singles, including a run-producing hit by Pat Tabler, and Carter's three-run homer.

The Sox got one back on Rice's RBI single in the bottom of the first, but Tabler's two-run homer off Leister in the second put the Indians ahead, 6-1.

But then the Sox really went to work against Carlton, who refused to challenge hitters. Boston picked up two runs in the third to cut the deficit to 6-3. While Tom Bolton and winner Steve Crawford (2-1) held the Indians in check for one run over in the next five innings, the Red Sox clawed away for three runs in the fifth and four in the sixth to sew up their first four-game winning streak since September 1986.

Carlton's demise came in the fifth when he paid the price for waltzing with the middle of the Red Sox order. A walk to Wade Boggs and a single (one of three) by Rice put the Indians lefthander in a hole. He got a breather as Don Baylor flied to left. But Evans followed with his homer to make it 7-6.

Lefty Ed Vande Berg replaced Carlton and got out of the inning. What the Sox did to Rich Yett and Ernie Camacho was enough to let you know why Sports Illustrated is now banned in Cleveland.

Boston sent eight batters to the plate in the sixth, and four scored. Yett, who had replaced Vande Berg at the start of the inning, gave up a leadoff single to Spike Owen. After Ellis Burks fouled out trying to bunt, the Sox buried the Indians. Marty Barrett doubled to left and Boggs was passed intentionally, loading the bases. Camacho replaced Yett, and Rice laced a two-run single, scoring Owen and Barrett and giving Boston its first lead, 8-7.

The Sox added two more runs before the inning ended. Boggs scored on a groundout by Baylor. Then Evans singled up the middle for a 10-7 margin. The Red Sox picked up two insurance runs in the eighth before Carter hit his third homer of the night, duplicating his feat of last August 20th.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CLEVELAND INDIANS

4

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

 

 

8

15

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

2

0

3

4

0

2

x

 

 

12

15

1

 

 

W-Steve Crawford (2-1)
S-Wes Gardner (4)
L-Rich Yett (1-3)
Attendance - 22,305

 2B-Snyder (Clev), Franco (Clev), Dempsey (Clev),
 Barrett (Bost), Buckner (Bost)

 HR-Carter (3)(Clev), Tabler (Clev), Evans (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Ellis Burks cf 4 1 1 .245  

 

Marty Barrett 2b 3 1 1 .209  

 

Wade Boggs 3b 3 3 1 .337  

 

Jim Rice lf 4 3 3 .243  

 

Don Baylor dh 4 1 0 .220  

 

Dwight Evans rf 4 1 3 .301  

 

Dave Henderson rf 1 0 0 .240  

 

Bill Buckner 1b 5 1 2 .241  

 

Rich Gedman c 5 0 2 .183  

 

Spike Owen ss 4 1 2 .200  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

John Leister 2 6 6 1 1  

 

Tom Bolton 2.1 4 1 1 2  

 

Steve Crawford 2.2 2 0 0 1  

 

Wes Gardner 2 3 1 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1987 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees

30 16 -

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

25 19 4

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

26 20 4

 

 

Detroit Tigers

23 21 6

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

22 20 6

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

21

25

9

 

 

Cleveland Indians

15 32 15 1/2