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The Sox bench brings them from behind
to win another game

ON THIS DATE (July 29, 1967) ... Four pinch hitters carried out their assignments, without a slip and Carl Yastrzemski's strong-arm twice cut down Minnesota baserunners, allowing the Red Sox to come from behind with a 6 to 3 win in the opener of a twi-night doubleheader. The Red Sox rallied with four runs in the eighth-inning, but the Twins toughened up and slaughtered Boston pitching in the second game with five home runs, in a 10 to 3 Red Sox defeat.

Gary Bell did fairly well in the opener's first six innings. The Twins' power really showed in the evening and the only excitement came from a line drive that George Scott hit to right-field in the second inning with Tony Conigliaro on base. The ball landed in front of Tony Oliva and bounced over his head, rolling to the bullpen, while Scott lumbered his way around the bases and beat the long relay home for an inside the park home run.

The first game was another of those typical shows where the Red Sox looked as though they were going to be beaten, but somehow their bench kept them going, until the win finally came. Southpaw Jim Kaat had a 3 to 1 lead for five innings and there wasn't any sign that he was tiring.

His Twins teammates had given him a run in the first off Bell, when Tony Oliva and Harmon Killebrew doubled and that run was matched by Rico Petrocelli's home run in the second. The Twins got that run back when Oliva homered in the third inning.

The first of Yaz's good throws prevented damage in the fourth inning. Minnesota had scored a run in the inning on two singles, and after two outs Kaat got another base hit. But as the runner came across the plate, Yaz took Kaat's line drive and fired a perfect throw to Joe Foy at third, for the putout that ended the inning.

In the bottom of the sixth, down 3 to 1, George Scott hit a ground ball to Zoilo Versalles at short. He had the ball in his glove and had a tough time getting a handle on it. When he finally was able to throw, it was in the dirt and past Killebrew, bounding into the Red Sox dugout. Kaat struck out Petrocelli and Reggie Smith drew a walk. George Thomas, the first of four pinch hitters, came to bat and he hit one over the pitcher's head to second where Versalles tried to make the force play but missed. Pinch-hitter number two was Jerry Adair. With the bases loaded, Kaat threw over to Killebrew as Scott was leaning toward home. When the throw was made to third, Smith broke for third and Scott broke for home. Catcher Gerry Zimmerman got the throw from Killebrew threw it back. It hit Scott on the shoulder and he scored. Smith made it to third base and Thomas went down the second. Adair drew a walk to load the bases, but Mike Andrews struck out. The Red Sox were only a run behind, 3 to 2.

Yastrzemski's second fine throw saved a run in the seventh inning. Ted Uhlaender tripled to open up the seventh off John Wyatt, who then struck out Zimmerman. Kaat sliced a fly to left-field and looked deep enough to score Uhlaender, but Yaz made a perfect one hop throw to the plate and nailed the speedy baserunner.

Then came the eighth and Scott opened it up with a single. Petrocelli struck out and Smith fanned, bringing up Norm Siebern who was batting for Bob Tillman. Siebern singled to right and then Adair, who had stayed in the game and replaced Andrews, singled in Scott to tie up the game. As the fans were going crazy, the fourth pinch-hitter, Dalton Jones bounced a single off Tovar's glove at second, allowing Tartabull to score, who had pinch run for Siebern. The icing on the cake came when Joe Foy lined a double to left-center to score Adair and Jones, making it 6 to 3 in favor of the Sox.

With Josť Santiago on the mound, Bob Allison struck out and after Tovar singled and Uhlaender reached on an error, Josť struck out Rich Rollins and then Rich Reese to end another Sox comeback.

 

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Game #1

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MINNESOTA TWINS

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BOSTON RED SOX

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W-John Wyatt (5-4)
S-Jose Santiago (5)
L-Al Worthington (6-6)
Attendance - 35,469

 2B-Foy (Bost), Oliva (Minn), Killebrew (Minn),
 Uhlaender (Minn)

 3B-Uhlaender (Minn)

 HR-Petrocelli (Bost), Oliva (Minn)