75 YEARS & A FENWAY HANGOVER ...
The Sox come from behind
for a second straight night against the Twins
3, 1987 ... The Red Sox pulled out a 7-6,
10-inning victory over the Minnesota Twins, who left town wondering
if they'd awakened a sleeping giant.
The Sox once
trailed in this contest, 6-2. But last-gasp revivals are becoming the norm for
this club. Tonight's business as usual included Mike Greenwell's game-tying
two-run homer in the ninth and Wade Boggs' game-winning single in the 10th that
brought a happy ending to the 3-hour 37-minute marathon for 20,638 Fenway Park
Boggs' single scored Ed Romero from second base and made a
loser of Joseph Klink, the fifth Minnesota pitcher. Romero had drawn a walk (the
11th of the game and 23d in two nights issued by the Twins) with one out in the
10th, and moved to second with two out on a single by Marty Barrett. Boggs
followed with a bouncing single up the middle that was just out of the reach of
second baseman Al Newman.
As big as Boggs' hit in the 10th was, it paled in
comparison to the line-drive blast by Greenwell in the ninth off Twins relief
ace Jeff Reardon. His sixth homer of the year, which struck the right-field foul
pole, came with two out, and Jim Rice, who had walked, on base. So instead of
losing a game in which they stranded 12 runners, the Sox tied it, 6-6. It was
the second time in 24 hours they had victimized Reardon in the ninth. On
Tuesday, Bill Buckner stroked a two-run, two-out single that gave Boston a 6-5
It was Boston's first extra-inning victory of the year, and
the third straight win on its last at-bat. Reliever Calvin Schiraldi has won all
three of those games.