Jim Rice's windblown single brought home Butch Hobson from third in the 10th inning yesterday to life the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers in the Fenway Park opener.
Hobson, who had homered in the two-run eighth to help the Red Sox tie the game, 4-4, led off the 10th by dumping a single into short right field. Jerry Remy sacrificed him to second and Rick Burleson advanced him to third with a grounder. Rice's 295-foot fly ball to right center bounced off the fence, scoring Hobson.
Dick Drago, who relieved starter Dennis Eckersley with two outs in the 10th, earned his first victory with a third of an inning pitched.
The Rangers had taken leads of 2-0 and 4-2 before Boton tied the game with a pair of eighth-inning runs. Hobson hit his first homer into the center-field bleachers, Remy singled and, after a passed ball, Rice delivered a single off second baseman Bump Wills' glove.
Boston collected 15 hits and had at least one runner in each inning, leaving 14 men on base.
Reliever Len Barker, who replaced starter Doyle Alexander in the seventh and bailed out of a bases-loaded, none-out jam, took the loss.
Jim Sundberg and Mike Hargrove added solo homers for the Rangers