COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Back-to-back home runs in the top of the 10th inning propelled the Houston Astros to a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox in the 42nd annual Hall of Fame Game at Doubleday Field. The win was the National League’s 16th, where the American League has won 23. Three Hall of Fame Games have ended in ties.
Boston starter Roger Clemens allowed just one run on three hits in his five-inning stint. He also struck out three without walking a batter. However, the Astros jumped on reliever Tom McCarthy for four runs on 10 hits in the final three innings of the game.
Down 3-1 in the top of the ninth, the Astros scored a run before the Red Sox could record an out. Tim Tolman singled and moved to second when Glenn Davis walked. A Chris Jones single scored Tolman to bring Houston within one run.
Third baseman German Rivera then hit a two-out single to tie the game at three.
Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox players warming up on Doubleday Field.
In the bottom of the ninth, Red Sox’s center fielder Steve Lyons almost hit his second home run of the day to give his team a walk-off win, but was robbed by Houston right fielder Denny Walling. Boston was not able to rally for a run in the ninth, and the game went into extra innings.
Phil Garner hit the go-ahead home run for the Astros in the top of the tenth, and teammate Harry Spilman followed suit with another solo shot with no one out in the inning to put the game out of reach.
Jones and Rivera had three hits apiece for the Astros, accounting for six of Houston’s 14 hits. For Boston, Lyons, Mike Easler and Ed Jurak each had two hits, and Lyons had two of the Red Sox’s three RBI.
Houston pitchers Mike Madden and Charlie Kerfeld combined for 16 strikeouts without walking a batter. Kerfeld picked up the win despite allowing two of Boston’s three runs.
An Astros player trying to beat the throw to first base. BL-796.86 (Tom Ryder, National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)