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Jim Tabor hits two homers ... one ties the game in the 9th
and then he singles to wins it in the 10th

ON THIS DATE (May 3, 1940) ... Jim Tabor's slugging touch dominated the St. Louis Browns in a 9 to 8 triumph, for which the Red Sox were forced to finish in dramatic fashion. It was his line drive against the left centerfield wall off John Whitehead, with one out and the bases loaded in the 10th inning, that settled the outcome of a crazy engagement that saw the Red Sox leading 4 to 0 going into the seventh inning and then trailing 8 to 5 entering no later than the last of the eighth-inning.

Previous to Tabor's winning drive, he belted two home runs, his third and fourth of the young season, over the wall in left field. The second of his roundtrippers was when he was the first batter in the last of the ninth-inning and the Red Sox trailing 8 to 7. That one sent the game into extra innings.

Ted Williams belted his second home run of the year earlier and it was most notable because it landed in the covered right-field section of the grandstand. It was the first time that Ted had homered into that area. At the time the blast gave the Sox a 2-0 lead and appeared only to provide some extra runs for Jim Bagby who was pitching shutout ball.

Then in the seventh inning, with the Red Sox leading 4 to 0, things began to happen for St. Louis. The Browns rattled out six hits with Bagby only retiring two men. The big blow in this barrage was by Walt Judnich, who belted a home run just inside the right-field foul pole with two men on board. Although there were two outs at the time, Bagby couldn't keep the Browns from following with three successive singles that tied the score. Jack Wilson had to come in to retire the side.

Wilson then lined a single in the last of the seventh-inning, that scored Tabor, who had walked and had been sacrificed to second. It gave the Red Sox back the lead, 5-4. However he did not last on the mound for very long. Starting with a bobble by Bobby Doerr on a ground ball, the Browns sent 10 men to the plate in the eighth-inning and scored four more times, giving St. Louis an 8 to 5 lead.

Then came the counter charge with home runs by Joe Cronin in the eighth and Tabor in the ninth inning, that tied the game.

Ted was the first batter in the 10th and he tried to end it with a line drive that landed only a few feet from the top of the left-field wall. He ended up on second base and then the Browns decided to walk Jimmie Foxx on purpose. Cronin next laid down a perfect bunt and moved the two runners up a base.

The Browns now decided to walk Bobby Doerr and pitch to Tabor, who they thought would never do it again. But he surprised them when he wasted no time and sent the first pitch on a line toward the left centerfield wall. The ball caromed off the bottom of the fence and Ted grinned all the way as he raced across the plate with the winning run.

Joe Heving got his 10th straight relief decision win for the Red Sox cause, including eight in a row from last year and now two from this year.

 

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ST. LOUIS BROWNS

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BOSTON RED SOX

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 W-Joe Heving (2-0)
L-John Whitehead (0-1)
Attendance 3900

2B-Williams (Bost), McQuinn (StL)

HR-Tabor (2)(Bost), Williams (Bost), Cronin (Bost),
Judnich (StL)