The Red Sox come from behind to win in extra innings
thanks to a bizarre play from Butch Hobson

BUTCH HOBSON

ON THIS DATE (August 10, 1978) ... The Red Sox trip the Indians, 6-5, in 13 innings as Butch Hobson scores the tying run on a bizarre play: The Indians were holding a 5-4 lead on an unearned run.  Hobson lofts a harmless pop fly behind second base and races around to second as 2B Duane Kuiper, on the edge of the outfield grass, loses the ball in the sun and drops it. Kuiper picks up the ball but bumps into 1B Andre Thornton and the ball bounces off Thornton's glove and rolls over the first base foul line.  With Hobson motoring towards third base, catcher Bo Diaz overthrows the base. Hobson, having slid into third, picks himself up and races home. Left fielder, Johnny Grubb then has trouble getting the ball out of his glove.  His throw from the outfield to Diaz is in time, but he can't get the ball out of his glove and a sliding Hobson is home free and the game is tied 5-5.

George Scott follows with a double inside the third base line and Rick Burleson whacked a ball off shortstop, Tom Veryzer's glove to allow Garry Hancock, who ran for Scott, to score the winning run. Bob Stanley (8-1) picks up the victory.  The Red Sox had come from behind and tied up the game with two runs in the sixth behind Fred Lynn's 19th homer and one in the seventh thanks to Jim Rice's triple.  They then escaped defeat in the 11th when Rick Burleson nailed Ted Cox at the plate.  Just another game at Fenway.



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W-Bob Stanley (8-1)
L-Dan Spillner (2-1)
Attendance - 33,541

 2B-Kuiper (Clev), Burleson (Bost), Lynn (Bost), Hobson (Bost), Scott (Bost)

3B-Rice (Bost)

HR-Lynn (Bost)