BOSTON (CBS13/AP) — Rowdy Tellez isn’t a household name outside of Elk Grove just yet – but with the monster power he’s showing this season, he soon could be.
Rafael Devers’ game-winning hit in the ninth inning that gave the Boston Red Sox their first home victory of the season was never in doubt. The same can’t be said of Ted Williams’ claim to the longest homer in Fenway Park history.
Devers hit an high-bouncing RBI single with one out in the ninth and the struggling Boston Red Sox rallied for a 7-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.
The win came in a game in which Williams’ historic 502-foot home run was seemingly challenged by a Blue Jays homer by the 24-year-old Tellez.
The Blue Jays took a 5-0 lead in the third inning with a pair of home runs off Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi.
The Red Sox battled back and tied the game when Moreland homered in the seventh. After Freddy Galvis put Toronto back in front with a solo home run in the eighth as part of a four-hit night, Moreland tied it again in the ninth with a one-out double that scored Mookie Betts.
Giles intentionally walked J.D. Martinez. Then, pinch runner Eduardo Nunez stole third, putting runners at the corners. Xander Bogaerts walked to load the bases, setting up Devers’ hit.
Justin Smoak got the scoring going for Toronto. With two on in the third, he roped Eovaldi’s two-out, 99 mph fastball over the center field wall. Then, after Randal Grichuk walked, Tellez hit an Eovaldi cutter that landed deep in the right field bleachers.
The homer was initially measured by Statcast at 505 feet, making it the longest home run in Fenway Park history, 3-feet beyond than the homer by Williams in 1946. The landing spot for that one is marked with a special red seat.
But the ball seemed to land a few rows short of Williams’ famed round-tripper. A message left with Major League Baseball seeking clarification was not immediately returned. The 505-foot distance originally posted for the Tellez homer was later taken off Statcast’s website.
“It’s the only home run I’ve ever hit in Fenway, so I’d probably say it’s the deepest here,” Tellez said. “Probably say all around the furthest home run I hit in the big leagues.”
Tellez, a Sacramento-area native and graduate of Elk Grove High School, said he’s taking nothing from his short-lived spot in the park’s history books, though.
“Absolutely nothing,” he said. “It’s a home run. All it had to go is 381 feet over the fence. It’s a cool little stat, but it’s a tough loss so we’re more focused on that.”
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