"Anything can happen in Fenway Park."
Butch Hobson is not the first person to utter those words - only the latest to both speak them and prove them right in the Boston Red Sox bid to maintain their 7 1/2-game lead in the American League East.
For the second straight game Monday night the Red Sox proved anything can indeed happen in their cozy little ballpark - most of it good for them. Trailing, 9-7 to the Seattle Mariners going into the ninth inning, the Red Sox didn't even bother to use up their first two outs as they did the day before in coming from behind to beat California, 4-3, in 12 innings.
Fred Lynn started the ninth against Seattle reliever Enrique Romo with a single, his fifth hit of the game. Rookie Gary Hancock followed with another single and when first baseman Dan Meyer threw wildly to third on Scott's sacrifice bunt attempt, Lynn scored with the other runners moving up.
That brought up Hobson, who won Sunday's game with his two-out RBI single in the 12th inning. Once again the third baseman shrugged off the floating bone chips in his shoulder and cracked a double to center field to deliver the winning runs in a 10-9 Boston victory.
"They say anything can happen in Fenway Park and it has," said Hobson. "There's been some pretty weird games here lately, but we've been getting the breaks we didn't get last year and we've also been able to make good on them."
The victory, which enabled the Red Sox to remain 7 1/2 games in front of the Yankees, was marred by one bad break for Boston. Right fielder Dwight Evans, who drove in two earlier runs with a pair of doubles, was beaned by Mariner reliever Mike Parrott in the seventh inning and carried from the field on a stretcher. X-rays proved negative to skull fracture but it was expected Evans would be out of the lineup for at least a few days.
"I know from personal experience how bad this is," said Zimmer, who bears a plate in his own skull as a souvenir from a similar beaning. "The only thing that is worse - I've seen it happen four or five times - is when the hitter tries to get out of the way and his helmet falls off and then he gets hit Dwight was lucky in that regard. The ball split his helmet in half." Yankees 4, Angles 1
Ed Figueroa (13-9) tossed a three-hitter for eight innings and Thurman Munson drove in a pair of runs for the second-place Yankees, who have won four straight. The Yankees scored two runs in the first inning off Frank Tanana (16-9) on a sacrifice fly by Munson and an infield RBI groundout by Lou Piniella. Brewers 10, Tigers 1
Jerry Augustine (12-12) tossed a two-hitter and Robin Yount hit a three-run homer, his fourth, in the third inning to pace the third-place Brewers, who are 8 1/2 games behind Boston. Milwaukee put the game away with a five-run seventh inning, capped by Davey May's two-run single. Orioles 7, A's 3
Doug Decinces slammed his 22nd homer to ignite a four-run eighth inning which carried Jim Palmer to his 16th victory and enabled the Orioles to score their seventh straight triumph. After Ken Singleton opened the eighth with a single, Decinces lined his first home run since Aug. 18 over the left-field fence. Palmer (16-12) spaced 13 hits, struck out six and walked none in posting his 17th complete game. Royals 3, White Sox 2
Willie Wilson's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning scored John Wathan from third base to snap a 2-2 tie for the Royals, who increased their AL West lead to 1 1/2 games over California. Wathan opened the inning against loser Ken Kravec (10-12) with a double and moved to third on an infield single by Frank White. Rangers 11, Blue Jays 3
Al Oliver and Bump Wills homered and singled and combined for seven RBI to lead Texas. Oliver singled home two runs during a three-run first inning and drilled a two-run homer, his 13th, in the seventh to help Steve Comer to his seventh victory against three losses. Wills singled in a run in the seventh and belted a two-run homer in the eighth. Dodgers 4, Expos 0
Dave Lopes' homer and another two-run shot by Lee Lacy in the eighth was all Burt Hooton needed to stop the Expos. Hooton toosed a four-hitter and did not allow a runner past first base in raising his record to 15-8. Braves 4, Cubs 3
Jeff Burroughs drove in three runs with a pair of homers in helping the Braves snap a seven-game losing streak. Burroughs hit a solo homer in the second inning off Dennis Lamp and added a two-run blast off loser Donnie Moore (8-6). Phil Niekro went eight innings to get his 16th victory against 14 losses. Phillies 6, Padres 1
Jim Kaat pitched a five-hitter for 8 1/3 innings and Jerry Martin drove in three runs to help the Phillies increase their lead in the NL East to 3 1/2 games over second-place Chicago. Kaat struck out four and walked two in gaining his 260th career triumph. Pirates 3, Reds 1
Dave Parker tripled home Omar Moreno and then scored on Bill Robinson's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning as the Pirates handed the Reds their fifth straight loss. John Candelaria (10-11) teamed with Ed Whitson on a two-hitter for Pittsburgh, which has won 14 of its last 16 games.