Red Sox win over Indians is extra special

April 16, 1993|By The Hartford Courant

BOSTON -- Perhaps there will be a more exciting night at Fenway Park this season. Perhaps the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians can play better than they did last night. But if the Red Sox do go on to make hollow the predictions of their demise, last night might have a lot to do with it.

The teams started early and played late. And after Cleveland got a run in the top of the 13th, the Red Sox scored twice in the bottom half, winning it, 4-3, on Jeff Richardson's double.

The Red Sox are 7-2 and in first place in the American League East.

What a game it was. Most extra-inning games tend to be sloppy, if for no other reason than there is more time and more opportunity for mistakes.

But not this one. This errorless game included, among the Boston heroes, one guy who could be headed for the Hall of Fame someday and two who could be headed for Triple-A Pawtucket today. It also included another big offensive display by Mo Vaughn (2-for-5, now batting .424) -- including a tremendous homer in the fifth.

The player who may need reservations in Cooperstown is Andre Dawson, who hit his 400th home run in the second -- a homer into the screen off starter Jose Mesa that tied the score at 1.

The other two prominent heroes -- and that may even be slighting a couple of players, such as Bob Melvin and Carlos Quintana -- were reserve infielders Ernest Riles and Richardson. One of those two is going to the minors today when the Red Sox activate shortstop John Valentin, who is on the disabled list.

"It makes both of their chances [for staying] very good and makes my decision very tough," Manager Butch Hobson said. "I don't know what I'm going to do."

The Indians scored their run in the inning off winner Paul Quantrill (1-0) on Paul Sorrento's double, a sacrifice and Alvaro Espinoza's sacrifice fly.

Quintana led off the Sox half with a single up the middle off loser Eric Plunk, and Bob Zupcic ran for him. Scott Cooper followed with a single to right to leave runners at first and third.

Melvin, a former Oriole who entered the game in the 11th, hit Plunk's first pitch to right-center for a game-tying sacrifice fly.

With Cooper breaking on a hit-and-run, Richardson got a fastball on the outer part of the plate from Plunk and hit it into the right-field corner for the winner.

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