ON THIS DATE (July 4, 1977) ...
Fred Lynn and George Scott hit two homers each
and Butch Hobson, Bernie Carbo, Jim Rice and Carl Yastrzemski one
apiece, as the Sox snapped their losing streak with a 9 to 6 comeback
over the Blue Jays.
Toronto had taken a 6-3 lead off Ferguson
Jenkins. Jerry Garvin had retired the first 12 slumping Red Sox
batters. In the bottom of the seventh inning he was taken out of the
game and the Sox proceeded to retire the next the Jays' pitchers.
Butch Hobson and pinch-hitter, Bernie Carbo
pulled the Sox to within a run with consecutive home runs against
Chuck Hartenstein, to make the score 6-5.
With one out in the eighth inning, Lynn hit his
second homer of the game. Rice followed with his 19th homer of the
season and the Sox were now ahead 9-6. Mike Willis then replaced
Hartenstein and gave up homers to Yaz and the second of the game to
Scott. The Boomer had hit one into the centerfield bleachers, scoring
Carlton Fisk ahead of him, in the fifth inning. Lynn had hit a solo
homer in the sixth inning.
The Sox set a major league record by hitting
five or more home runs in a game for the seventh time this season.
The eight homers tied a major league record set by the '39 Yankees,
'53 Braves, '56 Reds, '61 Giants and the '63 Twins. The Sox hit four
in one inning, marking the 10th time in major league history that it
had been accomplished. It was the fifth time the Sox had done it and
second time this season.