On May 14, 1986, California Angels slugger Reggie Jackson hits his 537th career home run Jackson’s shot, gave the Angels a 2-0 lead against Roger Clemens and the Boston Red Sox in the first inning. The towering blast moved Jackson, who will turn 40 on Sunday, ahead of Mickey Mantle on the career list and moved him into 5th all time.
Despite the early highlight. Bill Buckner’s run-scoring single sparked a three-run ninth inning tonight that lifted the Boston Red Sox to an 8-5 victory over the Angels.
T.R. Bryden (2-1), who entered as a reliever in the eighth inning for the Angels, did not retire any of the first five batters he faced in the ninth. After issuing a leadoff walk to Dwight Evans, he yielded singles by Wade Boggs and Buckner, a run-scoring double to Jim Rice and a run-scoring single to Dave Stapleton.
Clemens (6-0), who earlier this season set a major league record with 20 strikeouts in a game, fanned nine and allowed six hits in eight innings. He leads the majors with 69 strikeouts.