Monday, April 23, 2007

Last September, when the L.A. Dodgers hit four consecutive solo homers, it was the first time in 42 years the feat had been accomplished.

Well, it didn't take long for it to happen again. Last night, Boston's Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek homered in four straight at-bats, spurring the Red Sox to a victory and series sweep over the New York Yankees.

The outburst by the Red Sox occurred in the third inning, not as crucial a situation as the Dodgers' scenario, which had them trailing by four in the bottom of the ninth against San Diego, with whom the Dodgers were battling for the NL West title. Still, though, the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry is as intense as it gets, and the four straight homers allowed Boston to overcome an early 3-0 New York lead. A couple of trivia items from the above-linked article on the Red Sox-Yankees game:

Drew, a member of the Dodgers last year, participated in both home-run barrages.

Even though a four-homer streak has occurred five times in MLB history, the Yankees' rookie pitcher Chase Wright was only the second to give up all four shots; in the other instances, teams have changed pitchers.

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