Jim Leyritz and Reggie Jefferson combine for the second
 of six come-from-behind Sox victories
in the Sox first ten home games

ON THIS DATE (April 12, 1998) ... When the smoke finally cleared after 211 minutes, 10 pitchers, 6 home runs, 5 lead changes, and yet another bottom-of-the-ninth meltdown by Seattle, the Red Sox had an 8-7 win and a three-game sweep of the Mariners before 23,270 Easter revelers in Fenway Park.

Swept toward the mound in the bottom of the ninth by the cheers of fans along the right-field railing whose grasp of history was matched only by their lack of mercy, former Sox closer Heathcliff Slocumb gave up a game-tying home run to Jim Leyritz, his second home run of the afternoon and third in 24 hours.

With the scent of blood now clogging their nostrils, the Red Sox moved in for the kill, with a Kevorkianesque assist from Slocumb, who walked Troy O'Leary, threw a wild pitch, walked Damon Buford, then gave up a game-winning pinch-hit single by Reggie Jefferson, whose only previous appearances this weekend had come during pregame introductions. Down went the Mariners, who can't say they weren't forewarned, having blown a five-run lead Friday and then being blown away by Pedro Martinez Saturday.

 

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SEATTLE MARINERS

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BOSTON RED SOX

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W-John Wasdin (2-0)
L-Heathcliff Slocumb (0-1)
Attendance - 23,270

 2B-Cora (2)(Sea), Griffey Jr (Sea),
 Valentin Bost), O'Leary (Bost)

 HR-ARod (2)(Sea), Griffey Jr (Sea),
 Leyritz (2)(Bost), O'Leary (Bost)