THE SOX WIN THE AL EAST IN SPECTACULAR
FASHION, BUT THAT'S ABOUT IT ...

When the dust settles, the Sox climb into first

June 25, 1990 ... The Red Sox are in first place for the first time since June 11 after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays, 10-8, ending the Blue Jays' 15-game winning streak at Fenway and their 13-day hold on first.

Dave Stieb never retired a batter as Mike Greenwell had a four-hit night, knocking in three runs. Jody Reed hit a go-ahead home run. Jeff Gray set up a save for Jeff Reardon and his aching back.

This was a game featuring 14 runs in the first three innings. The Sox slammed 13 hits, six in the first two innings. Dennis Lamp (1-2), the eventual winner, went 5 1/3 innings, giving up two runs. Rob Murphy struck out two in two-thirds of an inning. Gray had one perfect inning, and Reardon, who survived a Kelly Gruber two-out, ninth-inning homer, recorded his 11th save after a 10-day respite (with an assist to Tom Brunansky, who made a great running catch in right-center).

Toronto reliever and loser Willie Blair (0-5) had surrendered one run on six hits in 5 1/3 decent relief innings before Reed hammered a first-pitch fastball inches over the Wall, breaking a 7-7 tie.

Lamp struck out George Bell to open the seventh inning and then was replaced by Murphy, who struck out Fred McGriff and John Olerud to get the Sox into the eighth with a one-run lead. The Sox added two more in the seventh when Marty Barrett knocked in Tony Pena with a bloop single to right and Randy Kutcher, who had doubled, scored on Wade Boggs' double play ball.

The starters, Dave Stieb and Dana Kieckerfaced the firing squad and left with their wounds early. Stieb's ERA rose from 2.26 to 2.85. Kiecker's rose from 3.60 to 4.34.

Seven Blue Jays came up in the first and three scored. Junior Felix, who had three hits, reached on an infield hit and came in on Tony Fernandez' triple to right field. Gruber grounded out to make it 2-0, and after George Bell struck out for the fourth time in five at-bats against Kiecker for the second out, Fred McGriff doubled off The Wall.

Olerud then showed why he's never played an inning of minor league baseball, banging a double to the greatest depths of center field, making it 3-0. Olerud later hit a two-run homer off Lamp in the third to tie it, 7-7.

Stieb, 10-2 coming in, had baffled the Red Sox at the Skydome last week with 7 2/3 scoreless innings. He had been accused of using pine tar to get surreal rotation on his slider. Boggs began the onslaught by walking. A single to right by Reed, followed by an error by Felix, advanced the runners to second and third. Greenwell stung the first of his two run-producing doubles, smacking a Stieb offering to left, scoring Boggs and Reed. Tom Brunansky and Dwight Evans waited out Stieb's faulty slider to load the bases and Danny Heep, who started at first base but left by the third inning with a stiff back, also watched a 3-2 pitch fall out of the strike zone, scoring the tying run, 3-3. Pena singled to left, scoring Brunansky, and Cito Gaston had seen enough. Blair came on and did just fine.

He struck out Kutcher, playing center for Ellis Burks and retired Marty Barrett on the first pitch with a foul popup. But Boggs came up with the bases loaded and singled to center, scoring two to extend his proficiency with the bases full to 4 for 4 with 9 RBIs.

Kiecker, who beat the Blue Jays, 4-2, nine days ago, was showing obvious signs of squandering a comfy 6-3 lead. Manny Lee doubled, advanced on a wild pitch, and came in on Mookie Wilson's single. Failing to see the justification for allowing Kiecker to continue, Joe Morgan opted for Lamp. He entered the 6-4 game and Felix tripled to right, scoring Wilson.

The Sox continued this organized batting practice with Reed's double off the wall in the second. He scored on Greenwell's double to right, making it 7-5.

The last time the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays at Fenway was Aug. 10, 1987, when Roger Clemens beat Jim Clancy, 9-1.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

TORONTO BLUE JAYS

3

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

 

8

10

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

6

1

0

0

0

1

2

0

x

 

 

10

13

1

 

 

W-Dennis Lamp (1-2)
S-Jeff Reardon (11)
L-Willie Blair (0-5)
Attendance - 32,591

 2B-Greenwell (2)(Bost),  Reed (Bost),
 Brunansky (Bost), Kutcher (Bost), McGriff (Tor),
 Olerud (Tor), Lee (Tor), Felix (Tor)

 3B-Fernandez (Tor)

 HR-Reed (Bost), Olerud (Tor), Gruber (Tor)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Wade Boggs 3b 3 1 1 .295  

 

Jody Reed ss 5 3 3 .298  

 

Mike Greenwell lf 5 1 4 .268  

 

Tom Brunansky rf 4 1 2 .255  

 

Dwight Evans dh 3 1 0 .246  

 

Danny Heep 1b 1 1 0 .196  

 

Carlos Quintana 1b 2 0 0 .294  

 

Tony Pena c 3 1 1 .274  

 

Randy Kutcher cf 4 1 1 .256  

 

Marty Barrett 2b 4 0 1 .217  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Dana Keicker 1 6 5 0 1  

 

Dennis Lamp 5.1 3 2 2 4  

 

Rob Murphy 0.2 0 0 0 2  

 

Jeff Gray 1 0 0 0 0  

 

Jeff Reardon 1 1 1 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1990 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

40

29

-

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

41 31 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians

33 35 6 1/2

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

32 36 7 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

34 39 8

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

31 39 9 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees

25 42 14