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Red Sox 15, Indians 5

July 17, 1998

BOSTON (AP) _ Maybe Mike Hargrove should have picked Nomar Garciaparra for the All-Star game, too.

Garciaparra went 4-for-4 with five RBIs and Troy O’Leary hit a grand slam Thursday night to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 15-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Garciaparra, who hit a three-run homer and two doubles, was bypassed for last week’s All-Star game by Hargrove, the AL manager. The effort by the Red Sox shortstop came one day after Pedro Martinez, who many felt should have started the All-Star game, pitched a four-hit shutout in the series opener.

Tim Wakefield (11-4) allowed five runs and seven hits to win for the fifth time in six decisions. He left after allowing a solo homer to David Justice that made it 8-5 with one out in the eighth.

Derek Lowe got four outs for his first career save.

Dwight Gooden (3-4) lost for the first time in a month, allowing five runs and seven hits in five innings. He was long gone when the Red Sox, who trailed 4-1 in the fifth, scored seven runs in the eighth inning on seven singles, a double, a walk and a hit batter.

The Indians took a 3-1 lead when Travis Fryman and David Bell each homered in the second inning. Cleveland made it 4-1 in the fifth when Kenny Lofton tripled and scored.

But Gooden ran into trouble in the fifth. Darren Bragg hit a leadoff double, Garciaparra was hit by a pitch and Mo Vaughn walked to load the bases. O’Leary followed with his 15th homer of the year, and second career grand slam.

In the sixth, Darren Lewis singled and stole second. After Bragg walked, Garciaparra homered to straightaway center to make it 8-4.

Notes: Vaughn, embroiled in a controversy over his contract negotiations, unleashed a verbal tirade at Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy before the game. ... Boston has scored exactly 15 runs in four of their last six home games. ... Red Sox prospect Fabricio Benitez, a 17-year-old right-hander in the Dominican Summer League, pitched a no-hitter on Wednesday. He is now 4-0 with a 1.49 record. ... Every Red Sox batter had a hit except for Vaughn. ... Cleveland’s Manny Ramirez is 3-for-21 with eight strikeouts against Wakefield. ... Coming into the game, the Red Sox had scored 19 runs since the break while winning just two of seven games.

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