Royals 8, Red Sox 7
HAINES CITY, Fla. (AP) _ Bo Jackson hit a 515-foot, two-run homer in the second inning Sunday and the the Kansas City Royals beat the Boston Red Sox 8-7.
Jackson’s homer, with Pat Tabler on base, cleared the 71-foot high scoreboard in left-center field and short-hopped a fence in the parking lot.
Jackson’s homer highlighted a six-run inning off Red Sox starter Dennis ″Oil Can″ Boyd, who is coming off shoulder surgery. Boyd allowed seven runs and eight hits - four for extra bases - and walked two in 1 2-3 innings.
Boston had 16 hits off four Royals pitchers, three each by Wade Boggs and Sam Horn. Israel Sanches gave up 10 hits and six runs in three innings.
Boston rallied to the tie the score 7-7. Jim Rice homered in the third off Bret Saberhagen. Boston scored five runs in the fifth off Sanchez. Horn and Luis Rivera each drove in two runs during the inning.
George Brett’s triple scored Willie Wilson for the go-ahead run in the sixth. Wilson had two singles and walked twice.
The crowd of 8,062 was the largest crowd to watch a Royals’ exhibition game in Florida.