It was a time of change at Fenway Park in 1985. Ralph Houk had ably managed the team the previous four seasons, and produced three winning records in spite of presiding at a time when the team’s roster was mostly in transition. He retired and John McNamara replaced him. The 1985 Boston Red Sox showed the flashes of hope that would ultimately manifest itself into a pennant a year later, but the ’85 team was done in by an August collapse.
The Sox had the third-best offense in the American League in 1985, and unlike previous Red Sox teams, this wasn’t done with power. They had the top batting average in the league, and the top on-base percentage, with third baseman Wade Boggs leading the way. Boggs hit .368 and produced an OPB of.450 and knocked out 240 base hits..
Rich Gedman, the 25-year-old catcher, was coming into his own, with an OBP of .362 and a slugging percentage of .484. The same was true for Marty Barrett at second, with his .336 OBP. Bill Buckner hit .299 and drove in 110 runs. Jim Rice and Dwight Evans were still producing at the corner outfield spots, combining for 56 home runs and 181 RBIs.
The disappointments on offense were the decline of designated hitter Mike Easler, and centerfielder Tony Armas. Armas hit 23 home runs in 103 games, but his problems getting on base and those at-bats when he wasn’t going deep were just becoming too numerous. He ended up sharing time in centerfield with Steve Lyons.
Pitching was generally the problem in Boston through the early part of the 1980s. There were clear signs of progress in 1985. The staff was by no means the team strength, but at sixth in the AL in ERA, they weren’t bad. Oil Can Boyd won 15 games with a 3.70 ERA and young Roger Clemens continued to be slowly broken into the majors, going 7-5 with a 3.29 ERA. Al Nipper, Bob Ojeda and Bruce Hurst were serviceable starters. It was the bullpen that completely lacked depth, with no one recording more than 12 saves.
The season started in the best way possible, a three-game sweep of the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. On Opening Day, Oil Can Boyd shrugged off two second-inning runs and opened the season with a good performance. He and Bob Stanley held the heart of the Yankee order, the second through fifth positions, to a harmless single in 14 at-bats, while the heart of the Red Sox attack battered Phil Niekro and successors for 3 homers, 6 hits, 6 RBIs, 8 runs scored and 14 total bases in a 9-2 rout. Mike Easler contributed two singles, a walk and two runs to the pounding. Dwight Evans hit a towering homer, doubled, walked, and scored three runs. The first pitch Tony Armas swung at, was sent screaming into the screen for a two-run homer. Then there was Jim Rice, who snapped his bat at a pitch and sent it whistling into the center field bleachers.
In the second game of the opening series, Rich Gedman collected four hits as the Red Sox battered the New York Yankees, 14-5. The sweep was completed as Roger Clemens, who was far from sharp, threw 135 pitches in just six innings. But he settled down after falling behind, 2-0, in the second inning, and then kept the Yankees in check until Bob Stanley could shut the door for a 6-4 win.
The Red Sox won their fourth in a row, 7-2, over the Chicago White Sox before a chilled Fenway crowd. Boyd gained his second straight victory, going the distance, spacing five hits, and afterward announcing his candidacy for this year's All-Star team. The Can was something to behold again, retiring the last 13 batters he faced. In spite of this, the Sox finished the month of April 9-11.
A awaited explosion came in Oakland on May 3rd, as Jim Rice and Mike Easler each cracked two-run homers to highlight a seven-run fifth inning and sent the Sox on their way to a 10-0 victory. With Oil Can Boyd on the mound, they got a 1-0 lead from Bill Buckner’s homer and then came on with vengeance against the lowly A's, who had lost eight of their last nine games. The Sox pounded out 14 hits, including 9 for extra bases.
Wade Boggs had three hits, including two doubles, to extend a hitting streak to 11 games. Tony Armas came through for two hits and broke an 0-19 slump. Not to be lost amid the offensive barrage was the performance of Boyd, who went the distance for the shutout and recorded 12 strikeouts along the way.
Then Clemens hurt his shoulder, Armas pulled a quad muscle, Rice hurt his knee and everything started to go wrong. They lost seven of nine to mediocre teams like the Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers to fall 9 1/2 games back by Memorial Day. But on May 29th, After having just one run to work with in his previous 18 2/3 innings, Boyd received great support as he and his companions blackjacked the Minnesota Twins, 7-0, over in Kenmore Square. Boyd took care of the opening, after giving up singles to Kent Hrbek and Tom Brunansky in the first inning with two out, he quickly took stock of himself. What resulted was a strikeout of Randy Bush to end the inning and enough overpowering pitches to limit Minnesota to just one hit over the next six innings.
Then, what happened in the Red Sox' 12-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on June 2nd, would have been considered a miracle the week before, when the Sox were swept in Texas and came home with much of their confidence gone. But it was no miracle that the hard-luck Bruce Hurst turned himself around after eight straight winless outings or that the Red Sox exploded for a season-high 18 hits. The hitting revival that had led the Sox to five victories in six games was no accident. Hurst threw 137 pitches and left after eight innings. But after a shaky start, he was strong with his fast ball, challenging hitters, nothing like the man who had gone 2-10 in his 19 previous starts and had a 6.30 earned-run average. With Dwight Evans and Tony Armas out of the lineup, manager John McNamara went with a predominantly left-handed hitting lineup that played second fiddle to Jim Rice, whose bat came alive for four hits, including his 10th home run of the year.
Just when you were ready to write the season off, the Sox came surging back. After a 6-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians on June 3rd, the Sox' sixth in their last seven games, Oil Can Boyd (6-4) was showing that he was a mature pitcher, using his energy and learning what it takes to win. The victory was the 11th time Sox had come from behind to win. They were now 14-9 at home and 4-0 against AL East teams. Rich Gedman had a hitting streak that reached 13 games (18 for 49, .367), a career high.
Bobby Ojeda went out and pitched seven innings of a 5-0 shutout over the Indians the next night, adding his name to the list of pitchers whose strong performances pushed Boston to the .500 mark for the first time since May 12th.
On June 10th, the Sox, on their last chance of the evening, parlayed fantasy, fortune and ferocious determination into a three-run rally on a three-run Jim Rice homer into the screen that gave them a 4-2 victory over the Brewers, running their winning streak to eight games, extended their overall surge to 11-1 and pulled them into a third-place tie, 6 1/2 games behind front-running Toronto.
The Brewers became their ninth victim in the last 10 games on June 12th with a 7-2 victory, as the Sox quietly and with precision primed themselves for an early-season showdown with the first-place Toronto Blue Jays.
In Thursday’s opener, on June 13th, the Sox trailed the Jays, 6-2 in the fifth. Wade Boggs hit a two-run homer to cut the deficit in half and then later walked and scored in a rally that pushed the Red Sox to an 8-7 win.
On Friday, June 14th, Boyd scattered 11 hits, going the distance in a 4-1 win.
Saturday’s game, on June 15th, was a pendulum of emotions. The Red Sox first coughed up a 5-1 lead in the eighth, then immediately scored twice. The winning rally came thanks to four walks, with Gedman and Barrett drawing free passes with the bases loaded. The Sox won 7-5.
One more rally was ahead on Sunday, June 16th. Trailing 6-3 in the eighth, the Red Sox scored four times. Glenn Hoffman, the light-hitting utility infielder, tied it with a two-run single and Evans won the game with a sac fly.
The Sox were soaring, within 2 1/2 games of the lead and heading to face the Tigers, who were also tied with them in second place. And just when you were ready to say this might be the year, the Red Sox (17-2 in their last 19 games) immediately did a U-turn back in the wrong direction. They dropped 2 of the next 3 in Detroit, 3 of 4 in Toronto, and 2 of 3 to the Orioles. The Sox then went to the West Coast and played .500 ball.
In Seattle on July 12th, down, 4-0, the Sox came back with vengeance, led by Jim Rice with a solo home run in the sixth inning. From that beginning, the Red Sox began to chip away. With Wade Boggs on base in the eighth inning, Bill Buckner slammed a two-run homer to make it a 4-3 game. Then, in the ninth, Rich Gedman hit a solo home run, tying the game and setting the stage for a game-winning base hit by Boggs. In the ninth, Boggs came to the plate with runners on first and third and two out. He delivered the Sox to a 5-4 win.
The Sox concluded the first half by beating the Seattle Mariners, behind Oil Can Boyd (11-7), who was not chosen to be in the All-Star Game. The Can was bound and determined to show American League manager Sparky Anderson that he could be impressive. He didn't get his 12th complete game, but he did strike out seven batters in 7 2/3 innings without walking any.
At the All Star break the Sox were 45-42, and had fallen back 7 1/2 games.
The Sox started the second half with a bang on July 18th at Fenway. They scored two unearned runs in the second, then exploded for eight in the. Bruce Hurst accepted the 10-run gift and wrapped up the 10-1 victory with a seven-hitter in which just one California Angel batter reached second base until the ninth inning. Hurst was now 4-0 with a 1.56 earned run average since seizing the opportunity to regain his place in the rotation.
Rich Gedman (.306 BA) hit the screen for his fourth hit of the game and seventh homer in the seventh to give the Sox an 8-2 win over the first place Angels on July 21st.
Jackie Gutierrez drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning to force home the winning run as the Red Sox completed a sweep of the Oakland A's, 6-5, at Fenway Park on July 24th. Wade Boggs pulled a one-hopper past the dive of first baseman Bruce Bochte to extend his hitting streak to 27 games. Bill Buckner followed by pulling his 11th homer into the grandstand in right, putting him five homers short of his career.
On August 4th, in Kansas City, Boggs' fourth hit of the game opened the gates for a 6-5 victory in 12 innings over the Royals. He dropped a drag bunt up the first-base line, and with four hits, he pushed his average to a sizzling .354. Boggs' final hit will be remembered, if for no other reason, than it was a bunt single. With Dwight Evans on base with a leadoff double in the 12th, Boggs was willing to sacrifice. Instead, he put down a perfect drag bunt that befuddled first baseman Steve Balboni, who had no play. Evans and Boggs both scored moments later on a two-run double by Bill Buckner, his second game-winning hit in as many days.
Shortly before 5 p.m., on August 6th, the Red Sox team bus pulled up at the Westin Hotel in Chicago. Fifteen minutes later the bus pulled away, leaving all behind except Red Sox traveling secretary Jack Rogers, publicist Dick Bresciani and coach Joe Morgan. From that moment on, Red Sox players found themselves knee deep in a baseball strike. While negotiations went on in New York, the Red Sox players officially joined the ranks of the unemployed by following the directives of their union and refusing to go to work at Comiskey Park.
The central issues were how much money owners were contributing to the players’ pension fund and the fact they were trying to negotiate a salary cap on salary arbitration awards. The strike lasted two days as the owners agreed to drop the cap idea, contribute $33 million to the pension fund over the next three years and $39 million in 1989. They bumped the players’ minimum salary from $40,000 to $60,000.
And so the Sox treaded water throughout July, and then collapsed in August. They went 8-21 through the month, including seven consecutive losses to the Yankees. If there was hope, the Sox didn’t quit on their new manager.
Wade Boggs (.362 BA) continued his hot hitting. In a four game series in Minnesota at the end of August, he went 11 for 20. He reached the 200-hit plateau for the third time in his four-year career on September 10th with a six-hit performance in a double-header split with the Orioles.
With two more of his classic line-drive singles, Wade Boggs became the top single-season Red Sox hitter on September 21st. He surged past Tris Speaker's single-season record of 222. His two hits on September 22nd gave him 69 multiple-hit games, tying the club record set in 1979 by Jim Rice. He also was in a nine-game hitting streak where he was 20 for 40.
Boggs picked up four hits on September 29th, giving him a season total of 232, the most in the majors since Rod Carew had 239 for Minnesota in 1977. He had now hit safely in 131 games, two short of the American League record held by Al Simmons. It was his seventh four-hit game. Additionally, with a walk added to those four hits, he had now reached base 329 times, passing Norm Cash (326), and the most since Ted Williams reached 358 times in 1949.
His single on October 4th tied Al Simmons' 60-year-old American League record of hitting safely in 133 games.
He won the American League batting title with a .368 average, ending the season going 3-for-4 on October 6th. The three hits on the final day of the season, gave him a total of 240, sixth-best in AL history and the most in the majors since 1930. He had more hits in one season than any third baseman in major league history. Two of the hits were singles, giving him 187, which was seven more than the AL record set in 1980 by Willie Wilson. He hit safely in 135 games, tying Chuck Klein's major league mark, which was also set in 1930.
The Sox played hard through September and finished a neutral 81-81, in fifth place, 18 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays. It was a good sign that McNamara didn’t lose the clubhouse in the bad times. And the good times were right around the corner.
|04/08/1985||1-0||1st||-||New York Yankees||W||9-2||Oil Can Boyd||1-0|
|04/10/1985||2-0||1st||-||New York Yankees||W||14-5||Bruce Hurst||1-0|
|04/11/1985||3-0||1st||-||New York Yankees||W||6-4||Roger Clemens||1-0|
|04/13/1985||4-0||1st||-||Chicago White Sox||W||7-2||Oil Can Boyd||2-0|
|04/14/1985||4-1||2nd||-1||Chicago White Sox||L||11-6||Steve Crawford||0-1|
|04/15/1985||4-2||4th||-1 1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||6-5||Bob Stanley||0-1|
|04/16/1985||4-3||4th||-2 1/2||at Kansas City Royals||L||2-0||Roger Clemens||1-1|
|04/17/1985||4-4||4th||-2 1/2||at Kansas City Royals||L||6-1||Al Nipper||0-1|
|04/18/1985||5-4||4th||-2||at Kansas City Royals||W||4-3||Bobby Ojeda||1-0|
|04/19/1985||5-5||5th||-2||at Chicago White Sox||L||8-1||Mike Trujillo||0-1|
|04/20/1985||6-5||3rd||-2||at Chicago White Sox||W||12-8||Steve Crawford||1-1|
|04/21/1985||6-6||4th||-2||at Chicago White Sox||L||7-2||Roger Clemens||1-2|
|04/23/1985||7-6||2nd||-1 1/2||at New York Yankees||W||5-4||Bobby Ojeda||2-0|
|04/24/1985||8-6||2nd||-1/2||at New York Yankees||W||7-6||Steve Crawford||2-1|
|04/25/1985||8-7||4th||-1||at New York Yankees||L||5-1||Bruce Hurst||1-1|
|04/26/1985||9-7||3rd||-1||Kansas City Royals||W||5-2||Roger Clemens||2-2|
|04/27/1985||9-8||4th||-1 1/2||Kansas City Royals||L||5-4||Bob Stanley||0-2|
|04/28/1985||9-9||4th||-2 1/2||Kansas City Royals||L||5-2||Oil Can Boyd||2-1|
|04/29/1985||9-10||4th||-3||at California Angels||L||7-6||Steve Crawford||2-2|
|04/30/1985||9-11||4th||-4||at California Angels||L||3-2||Bobby Ojeda||2-1|
|05/01/1985||9-12||5th||-5||at Seattle Mariners||L||7-0||Roger Clemens||2-3|
|05/02/1985||10-12||4th||-4||at Seattle Mariners||W||2-1||Al Nipper||1-1|
|05/03/1985||11-12||4th||-4||at Oakland Athletics||W||10-0||Oil Can Boyd||1-1|
|05/04/1985||12-12||4th||-3||at Oakland Athletics||W||5-4||Steve Crawford||3-2|
|05/05/1985||12-13||4th||-4||at Oakland Athletics||L||6-3||Bruce Hurst||1-2|
|05/07/1985||13-13||4th||-4||California Angels||W||6-4||Roger Clemens||3-3|
|05/08/1985||14-13||4th||-3||California Angels||W||6-1||Oil Can Boyd||4-1|
|05/10/1985||15-13||4th||-3||Oakland Athletics||W||5-4||Mark Clear||1-0|
|05/11/1985||15-14||4th||-4||Oakland Athletics||L||12-1||Bruce Hurst||1-3|
|05/12/1985||15-15||4th||-4||Oakland Athletics||L||5-3||Roger Clemens||3-4|
|05/14/1985||15-16||4th||-5||Seattle Mariners||L||5-0||Oil Can Boyd||4-2|
|05/15/1985||15-17||5th||-5||Seattle Mariners||L||7-1||Al Nipper||1-2|
|05/17/1985||16-17||5th||-4||at Cleveland Indians||W||5-0||Roger Clemens||4-4|
|05/18/1985||16-18||5th||-5||at Cleveland Indians||L||4-1||Bruce Hurst||1-4|
|05/19/1985||16-19||5th||-5||at Cleveland Indians||L||2-1||Oil Can Boyd||4-3|
|05/20/1985||16-20||5th||-6||at Minnesota Twins||L||5-2||Al Nipper||1-3|
|05/21/1985||17-20||5th||-6||at Minnesota Twins||W||9-1||Bruce Kison||1-0|
|05/22/1985||18-20||5th||-6||at Minnesota Twins||W||4-3||Roger Clemens||5-4|
|05/23/1985||18-21||5th||-7||at Texas Rangers||L||7-6||Mark Clear||1-1|
|05/24/1985||18-22||5th||-8||at Texas Rangers||L||1-0||Oil Can Boyd||4-4|
|05/25/1985||18-23||6th||-9||at Texas Rangers||L||10-3||Al Nipper||1-4|
|05/26/1985||18-24||6th||-10||at Texas Rangers||L||5-3||Bruce Kison||1-1|
|05/27/1985||19-24||6th||-9 1/2||Minnesota Twins||W||9-2||Roger Clemens||6-4|
|05/29/1985||20-24||6th||-9||Minnesota Twins||W||7-0||Oil Can Boyd||5-4|
|05/30/1985||21-24||6th||-8 1/2||Minnesota Twins||W||8-7||Bob Stanley||1-2|
|05/31/1985||21-25||6th||-9 1/2||Texas Rangers||L||3-1||Al Nipper||1-5|
|06/01/1985||22-25||6th||-9 1/2||Texas Rangers||W||6-0||Bruce Kison||2-1|
|06/02/1985||23-25||6th||-9||Texas Rangers||W||12-3||Bruce Hurst||2-4|
|06/03/1985||24-25||5th||-8 1/2||Cleveland Indians||W||6-5||Oil Can Boyd||6-4|
|06/04/1985||25-25||5th||-8 1/2||Cleveland Indians||W||5-0||Bobby Ojeda||3-1|
|06/07/1985||26-25||5th||-9 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||8-4||Al Nipper||2-5|
|06/08/1985||27-25||5th||-8 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||2-1||Bruce Kison||3-1|
|06/09/1985||28-25||4th||-7 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||12-0||Oil Can Boyd||7-4|
|06/10/1985||29-25||3rd||-6 1/2||Milwaukee Brewers||W||4-2||Bobby Ojeda||4-1|
|06/11/1985||29-26||4th||-7 1/2||Milwaukee Brewers||L||5-3||Bruce Hurst||2-5|
|06/12/1985||30-26||3rd||-7 1/2||Milwaukee Brewers||W||7-2||Al Nipper||3-5|
|06/13/1985||31-26||3rd||-6 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||W||8-7||Mike Trujillo||1-1|
|06/14/1985||32-26||3rd||-5 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||W||4-1||Oil Can Boyd||8-4|
|06/15/1985||33-26||3rd||-4 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||W||7-5||Bob Stanley||2-2|
|06/16/1985||34-26||3rd||-3 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||W||7-6||Steve Crawford||4-2|
|06/17/1985||35-26||2nd||-2 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||W||3-2||Al Nipper||4-5|
|06/18/1985||35-27||2nd||-2 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||L||9-8||Bruce Hurst||2-6|
|06/19/1985||35-28||3rd||-3 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||L||9-3||Oil Can Boyd||8-5|
|06/20/1985||35-29||3rd||-4 1/2||at Toronto Blue Jays||L||6-5||Bob Stanley||2-3|
|06/21/1985||35-30||3rd||-5 1/2||at Toronto Blue Jays||L||7-2||Bruce Hurst||2-7|
|06/22/1985||36-30||3rd||-4 1/2||at Toronto Blue Jays||W||5-3||Bob Stanley||3-3|
|06/23/1985||36-31||3rd||-5 1/2||at Toronto Blue Jays||L||8-1||Bruce Kison||3-2|
|06/24/1985||37-31||3rd||-5||Detroit Tigers||W||9-2||Oil Can Boyd||9-5|
|06/25/1985||37-32||3rd||-6||Detroit Tigers||L||3-0||Bobby Ojeda||4-2|
|06/26/1985||37-33||3rd||-6||Detroit Tigers||L||3-0||Al Nipper||4-6|
|06/28/1985||38-33||3rd||-6 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||W||6-1||Bruce Hurst||3-7|
|06/29/1985||38-34||3rd||-6 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||L||16-4||Oil Can Boyd||9-6|
|06/30/1985||38-35||3rd||-7 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||L||3-0||Bobby Ojeda||4-3|
|07/01/1985||38-36||4th||-7 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||5-1||Mike Trujillo||1-2|
|07/02/1985||38-37||5th||-7 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||4-3||Bob Stanley||3-4|
|07/03/1985||39-37||4th||-7 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||W||9-0||Bruce Hurst||4-7|
|07/04/1985||39-38||5th||-7 1/2||at California Angels||L||5-4||Oil Can Boyd||9-7|
|07/05/1985||39-39||5th||-8 1/2||at California Angels||L||13-4||Bobby Ojeda||4-4|
|07/06/1985||40-39||5th||-7 1/2||at California Angels||W||7-5||Bob Stanley||4-4|
|07/07/1985||40-40||5th||-8 1/2||at California Angels||L||8-3||Jim Dorsey||0-1|
|07/08/1985||41-40||5th||-8 1/2||at Oakland Athletics||W||2-1||Bruce Hurst||5-7|
|07/09/1985||42-40||5th||-8 1/2||at Oakland Athletics||W||6-3||Oil Can Boyd||10-7|
|07/10/1985||42-41||5th||-9 1/2||at Oakland Athletics||L||5-4||Bobby Ojeda||4-5|
|07/11/1985||43-41||5th||-9 1/2||at Seattle Mariners||W||7-1||Al Nipper||5-6|
|07/12/1985||44-41||5th||-8 1/2||at Seattle Mariners||W||5-4||Mike Trujillo||2-2|
|07/13/1985||44-42||5th||-8 1/2||at Seattle Mariners||L||6-5||Bob Stanley||4-5|
|07/14/1985||45-42||4th||-7 1/2||at Seattle Mariners||W||6-2||Oil Can Boyd||11-7|
|07/15/1985||All Star Game Break|
|07/18/1985||46-42||4th||-6 1/2||California Angels||W||10-1||Bruce Hurst||6-7|
|07/19/1985||46-43||4th||-7 1/2||California Angels||L||3-2||Oil Can Boyd||11-8|
|07/20/1985||46-44||4th||-7 1/2||California Angels||L||5-3||Bobby Ojeda||4-6|
|07/21/1985||47-44||4th||-7 1/2||California Angels||W||8-4||Al Nipper||6-6|
|07/22/1985||48-44||4th||-7 1/2||Oakland Athletics||W||6-4||Tim Lollar||4-5|
|07/23/1985||49-44||4th||-7 1/2||Oakland Athletics||W||3-2||Bruce Hurst||7-7|
|07/24/1985||50-44||4th||-7 1/2||Oakland Athletics||W||6-5||Bob Stanley||5-5|
|07/25/1985||51-44||4th||-7 1/2||Seattle Mariners||W||5-3||Bobby Ojeda||5-6|
|07/26/1985||52-44||3rd||-7 1/2||Seattle Mariners||W||6-2||Al Nipper||7-6|
|07/27/1985||52-45||3rd||-8 1/2||Seattle Mariners||L||10-3||Tim Lollar||4-6|
|07/28/1985||52-46||4th||-9 1/2||Seattle Mariners||L||7-2||Bruce Hurst||7-8|
|07/30/1985||52-47||4th||-10||Chicago White Sox||L||7-5||Oil Can Boyd||7-8|
|07/31/1985||52-47||4th||-10 1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||1-1|
|08/01/1985||52-48||4th||-10 1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||7-2||Al Nipper||7-7|
|08/02/1985||53-49||4th||-12||at Kansas City Royals||L||4-3||Mark Clear||1-2|
|08/03/1985||54-49||4th||-12||at Kansas City Royals||W||5-4||Roger Clemens||7-4|
|08/04/1985||55-49||4th||-11||at Kansas City Royals||W||6-5||Bob Stanley||6-5|
|08/06/1985||55-49||4th||-11||at Chicago White Sox||pp|
|08/07/1985||55-49||4th||-11||at Chicago White Sox||pp|
|08/08/1985||55-50||4th||-12||at Chicago White Sox||L||7-6||Bruce Kison||3-3|
|08/09/1985||56-51||4th||-12||New York Yankees||L||10-6||Bruce Hurst||7-9|
|08/10/1985||56-52||4th||-12||New York Yankees||L||7-3||Oil Can Boyd||11-10|
|08/11/1985||56-53||4th||-13||New York Yankees||L||5-3||Roger Clemens||7-5|
|08/12/1985||56-54||4th||-13||Kansas City Royals||L||3-2||Al Nipper||7-8|
|08/13/1985||56-55||5th||-14||Kansas City Royals||L||6-3||Bobby Ojeda||5-7|
|08/14/1985||57-55||5th||-14||Kansas City Royals||W||16-3||Bruce Hurst||8-9|
|08/16/1985||57-56||5th||-14||at New York Yankees||L||5-4||Steve Crawford||5-3|
|08/17/1985||57-57||5th||-14||at New York Yankees||L||3-1||Al Nipper||7-9|
|08/18/1985||57-58||5th||-15||at New York Yankees||L||4-2||Tim Lollar||5-7|
|08/19/1985||57-59||5th||-15||at New York Yankees||L||6-5||Mark Clear||1-3|
|08/20/1985||57-60||5th||-16||at Texas Rangers||L||3-1||Bobby Ojeda||5-8|
|08/21/1985||57-61||5th||-16||at Texas Rangers||L||5-3||Oil Can Boyd||11-11|
|08/22/1985||58-61||5th||-15 1/2||at Texas Rangers||W||8-4||Mike Trujillo||3-2|
|08/23/1985||58-62||5th||-17||Minnesota Twins||L||5-2||Tim Lollar||5-8|
|08/24/1985||58-63||5th||-18||Minnesota Twins||L||1-0||Bruce Hurst||8-10|
|08/26/1985||58-64||5th||-18 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||L||7-6||Bob Stanley||6-6|
|08/27/1985||58-65||5th||-19 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||L||6-2||Mike Trujillo||3-3|
|08/28/1985||58-66||5th||-19 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||L||7-4||Tim Lollar||5-9|
|08/29/1985||59-66||5th||-19||at Cleveland Indians||W||17-2||Bruce Hurst||9-10|
|08/30/1985||60-66||5th||-19||at Minnesota Twins||W||7-3||Bobby Ojeda||6-8|
|08/31/1985||60-67||5th||-20 1/2||at Minnesota Twins||L||6-5||Steve Crawford||5-4|
|60-68||5th||-20 1/2||at Minnesota Twins||L||5-4||Al Nipper||7-10|
|09/01/1985||61-68||5th||-19 1/2||at Minnesota Twins||W||10-3||Mike Trujillo||4-3|
|09/02/1985||62-68||5th||-19 1/2||at Texas Rangers||W||11-2||Tim Lollar||6-9|
|09/03/1985||63-68||5th||-19||at Texas Rangers||W||6-4||Bruce Hurst||10-10|
|09/05/1985||64-68||5th||-19 1/2||Cleveland Indians||W||13-6||Oil Can Boyd||12-11|
|09/06/1985||64-69||5th||-19 1/2||Cleveland Indians||pp|
|09/07/1985||65-69||5th||-18 1/2||Cleveland Indians||W||11-9||Bruce Kison||4-3|
|09/08/1985||67-69||5th||-18||Cleveland Indians||W||8-1||Tim Lollar||7-9|
|09/09/1985||67-69||5th||-18 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||pp|
|09/10/1985||67-70||5th||-19 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||L||7-5||Bruce Hurst||10-11|
|68-70||5th||-19||W||5-3||Oil Can Boyd||13-11|
|09/11/1985||69-70||5th||-19||Baltimore Orioles||W||4-1||Bobby Ojeda||7-9|
|09/12/1985||69-71||5th||-19||Baltimore Orioles||L||3-1||Al Nipper||8-11|
|09/13/1985||69-72||5th||-20||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||6-3||Tim Lollar||7-10|
|09/14/1985||70-72||5th||-20||at Milwaukee Brewers||W||10-8||Bruce Kison||5-3|
|09/15/1985||71-72||5th||-20||at Milwaukee Brewers||W||4-2||Jeff Sellers||1-0|
|09/16/1985||71-73||5th||-20 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||5-3||Bobby Ojeda||7-10|
|09/17/1985||72-73||5th||-19 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||W||6-5||Oil Can Boyd||14-11|
|09/18/1985||73-73||5th||-18 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||W||13-1||Al Nipper||9-11|
|09/20/1985||73-74||5th||-19 1/2||Detroit Tigers||L||6-2||Bruce Hurst||10-12|
|09/21/1985||74-74||5th||-19 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||7-6||Tim Lollar||8-10|
|09/22/1985||75-74||5th||-18 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||6-2||Oil Can Boyd||15-11|
|09/23/1985||75-75||5th||-19 1/2||Detroit Tigers||L||2-1||Bobby Ojeda||7-11|
|09/24/1985||75-76||5th||-20 1/2||at Toronto Blue Jays||L||6-2||Al Nipper||9-12|
|09/25/1985||76-76||5th||-19 1/2||at Toronto Blue Jays||W||4-2||Steve Crawford||6-4|
|09/26/1985||77-76||5th||-18 1/2||at Toronto Blue Jays||W||4-1||Jeff Sellers||2-0|
|09/27/1985||77-77||5th||-19 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||L||5-1||Oil Can Boyd||15-12|
|09/28/1985||78-77||5th||-19 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||W||2-0||Bobby Ojeda||8-11|
|09/29/1985||79-77||5th||-19 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||W||8-4||Rob Woodward||1-0|
|10/01/1985||80-77||5th||-18 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||10-3||Bruce Hurst||11-12|
|10/02/1985||80-77||5th||-18||at Baltimore Orioles||pp|
|10/03/1985||81-77||5th||-17||at Baltimore Orioles||W||6-2||Bobby Ojeda||9-11|
|81-78||5th||-17 1/2||L||9-8||Steve Crawford||6-5|
|10/04/1985||81-79||5th||-17 1/2||Milwaukee Brewers||L||8-7||Mike Trujillo||4-4|
|10/05/1985||81-80||5th||-18 1/2||Milwaukee Brewers||L||3-2||Oil Can Boyd||15-13|
|10/06/1985||81-81||5th||-18 1/2||Milwaukee Brewers||L||9-6||Bruce Hurst||11-13|
|1985 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING|