It was the only three-homer game of Alomar’s career. The Puerto Rico native stroked 210 career home runs and had 13 multi-homer games altogether.
Boston jumped out to an early 3-0 lead to start the game, including back-to-back homers by Mo Vaughn and Mike Stanley. Not to be outdone, Orioles hitters demolished Boston’s pitching through the early going, scoring a dozen runs in five innings. Red Sox starter Aaron Sele and two relievers lasted an inning and two-thirds each. Sele allowed five runs, Pat Mahomes gave up three, and Ricky Trileck surrendered two more.
Jimmy Key picked up the win for the O’s as part of his 8-0 start to the 1997 season. Key posted a 12-4 record in the season’s first half only to struggle after the All-Star break and go 4-6 down the stretch.
Alomar, Key, and Red Sox reliever Trileck were all members of the Toronto Blue Jays’ 1992 World Series team.