Oakland took first place in the American League with a four-three win over second placed Boston at Oakland on Monday night (11 August).
Oakland took first place in the American League with a four-three win over second placed Boston at Oakland on Monday night (11 August). The A's were top of the Western Division of the American League, while the Red Sox headed the Eastern Division. The A's win makes them undisputed League leaders.
Oakland's pitcher Vide Blue had his 16th success in 24 games. He went seven innings, hurling a five hit shut out, but the Red Sox got to him in the eighth when they scored all their runs. Fred Lynn led off with a homer, Jim Rice singled and Carlton Fisk belted a two run shot.
Oakland pulled Blue out of the game and used three relief pitchers to retire the side.
The A's took all their runs off Red Sox pitcher Roger Moret, taking a one nil lead in the second on a walk and Sal Bando's double, then adding runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth. Claudell Washington who doubled in what was the winning run in the sixth, doubled leading off the fourth, and scored off Gene Tenace's single. In the fifth Bando walked, was sacrificed to second and scored on a single by Bert Campaigners. The final Oakland run came in the sixth when Bill North singled and scored on Washington's second double.'
(This film is serviced with a commentary by TVN reporter Dave Cohen. A transcript is provided on page two.)