Aug. 18, 1973

The Red Sox managed to hold off the Kansas City Royals, 6-4, at Fenway Park. KC, to the surprise of some folks, were peering up at the two-time defending world champion Oakland A’s, just one game behind.

Boston peered up at the first-place Baltimore Orioles, four games out … the second-place Detroit Tigers … and the third-place New York Yankees.

The win, after losing four of their previous six, launched a seven-game winning streak.

But manager Eddie Kasko must have known his job was on the line. After the game he was a bit snippy with the assembled scribes.

“We won, so don’t go knocking the pitching,” Kasko said, per the Boston Globe, presumably with at least partially clenched teeth.

Rogelio Moret brought a 6-0 lead into the sixth, having allowed just one hit. And then came the sort of meltdown Moret endured through his career.

A double, error, three singles, a home run and a walk later, Moret’s evening was finished.

Asked for his take on Moret’s demise after five shutout innings, Kasko spat back, “Go ask him.”

When a manager is that sour after a win, he knows he is in the proverbial cross-hairs of blame for an underachieving team.

The Red Sox regained second place Aug. 12 and stayed there, but had no shot at the Orioles, finishing 89-73, eight games out.

Kasko was fired after game number 161. Eddie Popowski, the team’s managerial mop-up, won game 162, bringing his career record to 6-34. He managed the final nine games in 1969 after replacing Dick Williams.

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