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Kevin Romine's walk-off HR wins

July 2, 1990 ... Kevin Romine’s leadoff, ninth-inning home run off lefthander Kenny Rogers, gave the Red Sox a 3-2 win, ending their 11-game homestand with a 9-2 record and boosting their American League East Division lead to 4 1/2 games.

Check your astrological charts on this one. It was a game that was supposed to feature Nolan Ryan and Mike Boddicker. Both pitched well. Boddicker, the junkballer, improved to 11-3 and 33-17 as a Red Sox, winning his 10th straight game. Ryan, who lasted eight innings and threw 144 pitches, surrendered seven hits and left a 2-2 game in the hands of Texas' interim closer, Rogers.

To have been in the position to win was a strain in itself. Ryan wasn't throwing his usual express. His fastball was 95 percent, though he got better as the game progressed.

None of the Red Sox regulars could manage much. Wade Boggs struck out three times. Mike Greenwell doubled in the first, earned a key walk on a great at-bat in the third, then was helpless the rest of the way. Tom Brunansky, who DH'd, went 0 for 3, though his third-inning sacrifice fly gave Boston a 1-0 lead. Carlos Quintana, a four-hit man Sunday, was 0 for 3. Dwight Evans' self-imposed day off made it possible for Romine to get a start.

The first Sox run came when Boggs reached on an infield hit on a ball second baseman Jeff Huson played into a hit. Jody Reed, a doubles machine who managed two hits off Ryan and continued to make a case for a spot on the All-Star team, doubled to left. With runners at second and third, Greenwell worked a tough walk. Even Ryan commented later on the magnitude of the at-bat. Brunansky then got one deep enough to center field to get the run in.

Rafael Palmeiro stroked an RBI single in the fifth, tying it on a 3-2 pitch. Boddicker thought he had Palmeiro struck out. Then in the sixth, Geno Petralli doubled to center and rode in on Kevin Reimer's double to right.

So with the Rangers leading, 2-1, in the seventh, the "Veggies" as they call themselves, raised a little stardust. Romine singled to left. With Luis Rivera due up, Morgan decided to go with Billy Jo Robidoux. In an at-bat Robidoux might never forget, he forged the count to 3-2, fouled off a couple of nasty pitches and then slapped a double to left. Left fielder Jack Daugherty was playing way over to left-center, so he had a long run.

Robidoux had struck out and grounded out against Ryan in his previous at-bats. The third time he found the shortstop hole. Meanwhile, Romine, who was running on the pitch, was chugging along around the bases. Third baseman Scott Coolbaugh was forced to go out in short left to take the throw, all of which helped Romine's chances of scoring. Tie game.

In the ninth, on 3-2, Romine sent the second-largest Fenway crowd of the year quickly into Happy Hour. In one fell swoop, he saved Boddicker some deep frustration.

 Boddicker, who is still pitching with a tender elbow and threw 139 pitches, allowed 10 hits and walked three. He struck out nine. To have come away with no decision would have been like fingernails on a blackboard. His nine innings were busy. He had only three 1-2-3 innings and one of them, the eighth, came when Tony Pena threw out Cecil Espy trying to steal. Boddicker did retire the Rangers in order in the ninth.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

TEXAS RANGERS

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

 

 

2

10

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

 

 

3

8

0

 

 

W-Mike Boddicker (11-3)
L-Kenny Rogers (2-4)
Attendance - 35,096

 2B-Greenwell (Bost), Reed (Bost), Robidoux (Bost),
 Petralli (Tex), Reimer (Tex)

 HR-Romine (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Wade Boggs 3b 4 1 1 .297  

 

Jody Reed 2b/ss 3 0 2 .296  

 

Mike Greenwell lf 3 0 1 .269  

 

Tom Brunansky dh 3 0 0 .259  

 

Ellis Burks cf 3 0 1 .297  

 

Tony Pena c 4 0 0 .278  

 

Carlos Quintana 1b 3 0 0 .316  

 

Kevin Romine rf 4 2 2 .273  

 

Luis Rivera ss 2 0 0 .228  

 

Billy Jo Robidoux ph 1 0 1 .261  

 

Marty Barrett pr/2b 0 0 0 .218  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Mike Boddicker 9 10 2 3 9  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1990 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

45

31

-

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

42 37 4 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians

37 38 7 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

37 42 9 1/2

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

33 41 11

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

34 42 11

 

 

New York Yankees

28 46 16