THE SOX WIN THE AL EAST IN SPECTACULAR
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Jody Reed's homer wins for the Sox in the 9th

April 26, 1990 ... Jody Reed hit a game-winning ninth-inning homer. Consider the circumstances of this 5-4 Red Sox win at Fenway Park. It was the ninth inning. It was 4-4. Bryan Harvey had just snaked a called third strike past Wade Boggs for the first out.

If he can do it to Boggs, he can do it to anyone. But the next pitch he threw didn't fool Reed. In his fourth game as the No. 2 hitter, Reed smashed Harvey's belt-high fastball over the Wall and into the net. His fifth major league homer.

The Sox got another good start from Eric Hetzel, who pitched a full six innings for the second straight outing. He left in a 2-2 tie, giving way to Dennis Lamp, who breezed through the seventh before turning the game over to Smith.

Lee Smith allowed three hits and two runs in his two-inning stint. Three of the hits came in the eighth when Kevin Romine lost Wally Joyner's line drive to right in the lights for a double. Dante Bichette and Johnny Ray each produced RBI singles, giving the Angels a 4-3 lead.

In the Sox eighth, Dwight Evans reached first after striking out on Harvey's wild pitch. Tony Pena, who had extended his hitting streak to 14 games with an infield hit in the sixth, singled to left field, sending Evans to second base. Luis Rivera, pinch hitting for Carlos Quintana, dropped a perfect sacrifice bunt. With runners at second and third, Angels manager Doug Rader was not frightened by Greenwell's potential in that situation and allowed Harvey to pitch to him.

The Sox had bunted the Angels to death to snap the 2-2 deadlock in the seventh. First Romine swung away and tapped a slow roller to third which he beat out for a hit. Marty Barrett sacrificed Romine to second.

Boggs then lined a single to left field off Abbott, but the ball was hit so hard Romine couldn't score. With the one-handed Abbott on the mound, Reed at the plate and one of Boston's fastest runners, Romine, at third, Morgan tried the successful squeeze. Reed seemed to take more pride in the squeeze than his homer. He called it the more skillful play. The more pressure-packed play. After all, nobody thought Reed would win a game with a home run.

The Red Sox struck first. Boggs, who went 2 for 4, doubled to the left-field corner to start the first. After Abbott retired Reed, Ellis Burks, who had been in a 2-for-21 slump, singled Boggs home.

The Angels took a 2-1 lead in the second when Jack Howell lofted an opposite-field home run into the net in left-center. The Sox scored by the process of elimination in the bottom of the inning. With the bases loaded, Barrett grounded into a double play, scoring Quintana.

It was a game in which Lee Smith blew a chance for his fifth save, but gained a win. A game in which Mike Greenwell finally knocked in a run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly, making it 4-4 and ending his 14-game RBI sabbatical. Greenwell was dropped from cleanup to seventh in the order after an 0-for-19 funk with runners in scoring position.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CALIFORNIA ANGELS

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

 

 

4

10

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

 

 

5

11

0

 

 

W-Lee Smith (2-1)
L-Bryan Harvey (1-1)
Attendance - 22,601

 2B-Boggs (Bost), Downing (Cal), Joyner (Cal)

 HR-Reed (Bost), Howell (Cal)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Wade Boggs 3b 4 1 2 .298  

 

Jody Reed ss/2b 4 1 2 .313  

 

Ellis Burks cf 4 0 1 .194  

 

Dwight Evans dh 4 1 0 .271  

 

Tony Pena c 4 0 2 .375  

 

Carlos Quintana 1b 3 1 1 .333  

 

Luis Rivera ph/ss 0 0 0 .000  

 

Mike Greenwell lf 2 0 1 .173  

 

Kevin Romine rf 3 1 2 .241  

 

Bill Buckner ph/1b 0 0 0 .286  

 

Marty Barrett 2b 3 0 0 .226  

 

Randy Kutcher rf 0 0 0 .273  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Eric Hetzel 6 7 2 2 2  

 

Dennis Lamp 1 0 0 0 0  

 

Lee Smith 2 3 2 3 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1990 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

11 6 -

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

9 5 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

8

7

2

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

7 9 3 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians

6 8 3 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

7 9 3 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees

5 8 4