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Horn, who was released by the Boston organization in December 1989, is told he may have cost his former team the division title. "All I can say is I certainly hope so," he says. Another former Boston farmhand, Oriole reliever Curt Schilling, pitches the last four innings for the save. The final: Baltimore 8, Boston 4.
In Toronto, the Jays win 7-6, and the Red Sox are in second place for the first time since July 30. Morgan smiles and tells writers after the same, "We're not in trouble yet, boys. We're only one game behind. It's very simple. When we hit, we win. When we don't hit, we don't win."
Wade Boggs is determined to get 200 hits—and thereby extend his own record for consecutive 200-hit seasons to eight—even if it means swinging at balls out of the strike zone. He makes it five games in a row without a walk. His 0 for 4 today leaves him with 180 hits.
Still, the Red Sox do a good job of acting unconcerned. "We're going to New York, we know we can whip them, then we go home," says Harris. Says Boddicker, "I bet the people in Kuwait could give a— —that we lost."
THURSDAY, SEPT. 20
FRIDAY, SEPT. 21
Apologies to Baltimore: Yankee Stadium is the safest place in the league for a team to visit. The Red Sox win 3-0, as Dana Kiecker pitches seven shutout innings and Andersen throws two scoreless innings to keep his ERA at 0.00 in 16 innings with Boston. Greenwell and Ellis Burks each homer. Boggs makes two standout defensive plays to save the shutout.
The Blue Jays lose 2-1 to the surging Cleveland Indians on Sandy Alomar Jr.'s home run in the 13th inning. Toronto's six-game winning streak is over. The race is tied. In the Red Sox locker room, Andersen belches.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 22
The worst day of the season for the Red Sox. The start of the game is delayed five hours by rain; it finally begins at 5:21 p.m. Marzano, starting at catcher for the first time since Sept. 10, loses his contact lenses in a collision while chasing a foul pop in the first inning, and he has to come out of the game because he left his backup pair at the hotel. Boston botches numerous scoring chances against the Yankee starter, rookie Steve Adkins, before falling 5-2. With Toronto losing again to the Indians, Boston blows a chance to take sole possession of first.