|The Sox come back to win with a four run ninth inning|
ON THIS DATE (June 4, 1975) ... The Red Sox rallied for four runs in the ninth inning just as the fans were starting to leave Fenway Park. Three consecutive pinch hits were registered, before Rick Burleson singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning, gave them a 7 to 6 victory over the White Sox.
The White Sox scored in the first inning. Pat Kelly led off the game with a base hit and stole second, going to third on a ground out. After a walk to Carlos May, the White Sox pulled off a double steal. Kelly came home before Bob Montgomery was able to throw out May at second.
The Red Sox scored three runs in their half of the first inning, on a double by Juan Beniquez, an infield hit by Burleson, a single by Carl Yastrzemski, a double by Fred Lynn, and a sacrifice fly by Tony Conigliaro, putting them up 3-1. They managed just two singles off Jim Kaat after that, until the dramatic ninth inning.
Ken Henderson drove in three Chicago runs with a double and a single. The first one was in the fourth inning after Carlos May doubled and Deron Johnson reached on an infield hit. Henderson's double scored them both to tie up the game at three apiece.
Chicago took the lead on a double by Brian Downing, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly by Jorge Orta in the fifth inning. They added two runs in the seventh inning. Downing doubled to start. Kelly reached safely on a fielders choice and stole another base. Orta's fly ball to Fred Lynn scored Downing. May was intentionally walked to put runners on first and second before Henderson lined a single to right, scoring Kelly with Chicago's sixth run.
Rick Wise was belted around for 10 hits, including five doubles, before being replaced by Rogelio Moret in the seventh, who got the final out, but the Red Sox were down 6 to 3. Moret didn't allow a hit after replacing Wise, but walked three men in the ninth. Then with the bases loaded, Burleson ended the threat by charging a slow grounder and throwing out Bill Stein.
The ninth inning started for the Red Sox, when Kaat walked Jim Rice. It then turned into bedlam. Lynn forced him out at second on a grounder to Orta and moved over to third on Conigliaro's double. With runners on second and third, Rich Gossage (0.76 ERA) came in to replace Kaat. Then Darrell Johnson brought in Bernie Carbo to hit for Dwight Evans and face Gossage. Carbo came through with a two-run double down the left field line, that scored Lynn and Tony C.
Tim McCarver then came in to hit for Doug Griffin, and lined a single to center. Carbo hesitated and stayed at third. Thankfully, Cecil Cooper bounced a seeing-eve hopper into left field to bring in Carbo and tie the score. After Beniquez popped to short for the second out, Burleson looped a line drive just over shortstop Buck Dent's leap, scoring pinch-runner Rick Miller, who came in to run for McCarver, with the winning run.
Fred Lynn extended his hitting streak to nine games, but Rice's hitting streak was snapped.