Top Ten Moments in Toronto Blue Jays History - Number 7
Mark Everett Kelly
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Thursday, March 19, 2020
While we await the start of the 2020 MLB season (whenever it occurs), I thought a look back at some historical memories to carry sports fans through would be therapeutic.
For the next ten days, I will uncover my perspective on the ten most memorable moments in Blue Jays history.
7. Down 10-0 Entering 7th, Jays Rally to Defeat Red Sox at Fenway
Date: June 4, 1989, Fenway Park - Opponent: Boston Red Sox
Final Score: Blue Jays 13 Red Sox 11
The 1989 season saw the Blue Jays get off to an awful start to their season, losing 24 of their first 36 games. On May 15, Cito Gaston replaced Jimy Williams hoping to turn the season around for the Jays. Entering their June 4th matchup against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, Toronto showed improvement under Gaston, winning eight of their 15 games.
Rookie Alex Sanchez, making his third and final major league start, failed to make it out of the first inning. Of the seven batters he faced, six reached base as Boston took a 5-0 lead. By the time the seventh inning rolled around, the Red Sox had increased their lead to 10-0 and had a 91 percent chance to wind up victorious.
In the top of the seventh, Toronto loaded the bases with no one out but managed just two runs after Nelson Liriano grounded into a double-play, and Junior Felix doubled. In the eighth, Lloyd Moseby drove in two runs with a single, while Rance Mullinicks & Liriano singled home runs to cut the lead to 10-5.
Boston summoned closer Lee Smith after a lead-off single by Tony Fernandez. Smith allowed a walk and a two-run double to George Bell before striking out Fred McGriff for the first out.
However, after a walk to Moseby, Ernie Whitt blasted a 2-1 pitch that wrapped around the right-field foul pole to incredibly give the Blue Jays an 11-10 lead. Despite the sensational comeback, Jays allowed Boston to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single by Jody Reed.
Junior Felix gave the Jays the lead for good in the top of the 11th when he drove in his third and fourth runs of the game with a two-run HR off Dennis Lamp.
The victory completed a three-game sweep for the Jays and gave them their 12th straight win at Fenway Park. By the end of the season, the Jays raised that total to 15.
Starting with that sweep of Boston, the Jays went from last place, eight games behind the Orioles in the AL East, to winning 69 of their final 111 games to win the division.