The Red Sox hit an A.L. record eight home runs

FRED LYNN

ON THIS DATE (July 4, 1977) ... The Boston Red Sox walloped a major league-record eight home runs. Jerry Garvin started for the Blue Jays and retired the first twelve batters he faced.  Entering the bottom of the seventh and leading 6-3, he was removed from the game and the grateful Red Sox proceeded to retire the next three Toronto pitchers.  The final score was 9-6 and the Red Sox runs came on seven bases-empty home runs (Lynn 2, Rice, Yastrzemski, Scott, Hobson, Carbo).  George Scott hit one with Carlton Fisk on base.  No team has ever hit more in a game.

With two outs in the seventh, Butch Hobson hit a high solo shot into the center field bleachers off Chuck Hartenstein who replaced Garvin.  Bernie Carbo pinch hit for Tommy Harper and and hit a high fly that went out just to the right of the left field foul pole.  In the eighth, Fred Lynn pulled the ball down the right field foul line for his second homer of the day.  Jim Rice followed with an opposite field shot into the right field seats, giving the Sox a 7-6 lead.

Out came an embarrassed Hartenstein and in came Mike Willis.  Carl Yastrzemski greeted him with another home run.  Willis then threw one up in the strike zone to the next batter, George Scott.  Scott sent the ball way over the left field wall, tying the major league record for most hit a game at eight.  The record for solo home runs was broken with seven.

 

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TORONTO BLUE JAYS

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BOSTON RED SOX

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W-Bill Campbell (6-5)
L-Chuck Hartenstein (0-2)
Attendance 21,073

2B-Fairly (Tor), Rader (2)(Tor), Bailor (Tor), Staggs (Tor)

HR-Velez (Tor), Scott (2)(Bost), Lynn (2)(Bost),
Hobson (Bost), Carbo (Bost), Rice (Bost), Yastrzemski (Bost)