Wade Boggs gets 5 hits and Jack Clark wins the game with a
14th inning walk-off homer, his 3rd HR of the day

JACK CLARK

ON THIS DATE (July 31, 1991) ... Jack Clark lived up to his billing and more by bashing three homers, scoring four runs and driving in six, capped by a 14th-inning blast off A's reliever Steve Chitren that gave the Sox an 11-10 win.

This was Fenway-ball, featuring comebacks upon comebacks, that was as inspired a Red Sox win as you will witness. Up, 4-1. Down, 5-4. Down, 10-9. Tied, 10-10. And then won on the last at-bat with Clark's homer, his 17th, came on a 2-2 count that went over everything, ending a game that lasted 5 hours 1 minute. There were 18 extra-base hits, 11 by the Red Sox. The Red Sox were good and they were lucky, too.

Clark's second grand slam of the season and the ninth of his career had wiped out Rickey Henderson's game-opening shot off starter, Dana Kiecker.

The A's, who scored a lone run in the fourth on a Brook Jacoby RBI double, scored three in the fifth to take a 5-4 lead. The Sox got it back in the bottom of the fifth when Clark singled, Greenwell doubled and Carlos Quintana tied the game with a run-scoring ground out.

Kiecker allowed a leadoff sixth-inning single to weak-hitting Mark McGwire and then hit Mike Gallego with a pitch. The only long man Joe Morgan could go to at that point, Daryl Irvine, got the call. He walked Rickey Henderson, and Dave Henderson hit a ground-rule double to the right-field bleachers, making it 7-5.

Canseco then hit a ball to short. Luis Rivera, part of a drawn-in infield, fielded it cleanly and looked to the plate, where he seemed to have Rickey dead. But it appeared someone advised Rivera to go to first. He did. And the A's had an 8-5 lead.

Back-to-back doubles by Wade Boggs and Jody Reed, in the bottom of the sixth, chased Dave Stewart and launched the Sox' most exhilarating comeback of the season. The Sox came to bat in the eighth trailing, 10-6.

In the bottom of the eighth, Boggs singled. He rode home on Jody Reed's two-run homer, and with two outs, Clark added a solo blast. Ellis Burks entered the picture and tripled to the right-center-field gap to start the ninth off Honeycutt. After Luis Rivera failed to get him in and Tony Pena walked, Boggs (5 for 7) slapped a single to left, tying the game. It was the 14th runner he'd knocked in from third in 17 attempts. It was his fifth straight hit of the game. 

 

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W-Greg Harris (7-11)
L-Steve Chitren (1-3)
Attendance - 34,218

 2B-Boggs (3)(Bost), Greenwell (Bost), Reed (Bost), Burks (Bost), Jacoby (Oak), Canseco (2)(Oak), Steinbach (Oak), Henderson (Oak)

 3B-Burks (Bost)

 HR-Clark (3)(Bost), Reed (Bost), Henderson (Oak)