ON THIS DATE (April 14, 1998) ... Nomar
Garciaparra drove in a career-high five runs, including three with a
homer in the eighth inning, as he led Boston to an 8-6 victory before
18,490 fans at Fenway Park. Nomar's home run, which followed walks to
pinch hitters Midre Cummings and Jim Leyritz by Bill Taylor, settled
into the left-field screen and erased a 6-5 deficit.
Boston's fifth victory in as many games on this homestand and the third the Sox
have won in their last turn at bat; they did it Friday and Sunday against
Seattle. Oakland suffered its fifth straight loss.
It took the
Boston bullpen, which had squandered a 5-2 lead after starter Butch Henry left,
off the hook and made a winner of Tom Gordon, the last of six Red Sox pitchers,
who allowed a two-run single to Rafael Bournigal that capped the A's four-run
helped stake the Sox to a 5-2 lead with a two-run fourth-inning triple that
nicely complemented solo homers by Troy O'Leary in the second and Mo Vaughn in
the third. But Dennis Eckersley, Steve Avery, and Gordon coughed it up in the
eighth as the Sox sweated this one out.
Jason Varitek led off the eighth
with a 410-foot fly out. Billy Taylor then walked Midre Cummings and Jim Leyritz. That prompted
a conference at the mound. When it ended, Nomar hit Taylor's first offering into
the screen, and this one was over.