August 10: Baltimore 4, Boston 3
Cy Young and Jack Powell, a couple of dead-ball era stars having surprisingly pedestrian seasons, squared off in the opener and got pedestrian results. A Ken Williams double followed by an Eddie Murray RBI single in the eighth drove in the winner for Baltimore and gave the teams identical 63-49 records.
R H BB BOS 020 000 010 - 3 10 3 BAL 200 100 01x - 4 9 3 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO C. Young 7.0 4 4 0 2 3 J. Powell 7.0 3 3 0 2 1 BOS 63-49, BAL 63-49
August 11: Boston 7, Baltimore 6
The Birds jumped out to a 5-1 lead after five innings, thanks in large part to dingers from Robinsons Frank and Brooks. But the Red Sox rallied big in the sixth inning. Ted Williams started it off with a triple, and five runs scored to tie it up.
But Murray drove another Baltimore blast in the bottom of the sixth to tie it right back up. Boston answered in the eighth when Yaz hit his second triple of the game to drive home Wade Boggs for the winner.
R H BB BOS 100 005 010 - 7 13 5 BAL 220 101 000 - 6 8 2 HR: F. Robinson (24), E. Murray (14), B. Robinson (6) starters IP R ER HR BB SO L. Grove 4.0 5 4 2 1 1 H. Howell 5.2 6 6 0 4 1 BOS 64-49, BAL 63-50
August 12: Boston 7, Baltimore 6 (11 innings)
The rubber match was a dandy and fittingly tense for a game with big implications for each team in the standings. Mel Parnell made a spot start for Boston to spell Smoky Joe Wood, and had a terrible time finding the strike zone. He handed out nine free passes in his 5.2 innings and gave up six runs, but the Sox bats also beat up on Urban Shocker so that the game was tied after six. Once each team got a long reliever in, the offense disappeared. Derek Lowe tossed 3.1 scoreless for Boston and Hoyt Wilhelm worked three shutout innings for the Marylanders. Koji Uehara and Jonathan Papelbon took over one scoreless inning each for Boston.
Carlton Fisk continued his ludicrously hot hitting by leading off the top of the 11th with a dinger against Darren O’Day. It was Fisk’s 17th of the season, easily tops among catchers. His .533 slugging percentage is third in the league, behind only Ruth & Gehrig.
Ted Williams is finally heating up a bit and reached safely nine times in the series, including three extra base hits. His OBP has been great all year, but his pop has been AWOL until recently.
R H BB BOS 000 220 200 01 - 7 14 9 BAL 012 021 000 00 - 6 8 10 HR: C. Fisk (17) starters IP R ER HR BB SO M. Parnell 5.2 6 6 0 9 1 U. Shocker 6.0 6 6 0 5 1 BOS 65-49, BAL 63-51