July 4, 1977

In the July 4, 1977 newspapers, the report was typical of the Red Sox’ season – they scored eight runs on 10 hits, but gave up 12 runs on 16 hits in a 12-8 Orioles win at Fenway Park. It was their ninth straight loss.

Still, the Red Sox were just one game behind the first-place Yankees. And the pop in their bats seemed a harbinger of better days – such as their July 4 win over Toronto.

That 9-6 triumph that included eight home runs, including four in the eighth inning by Fred Lynn (his second of the game), Jim Rice, Carl Yastrzemski and George Scott (his second of the game).

Butch Hobson and Bernie Carbo also homered. Bill Campbell was the winning pitcher, lifting his record to 6-5 en route to a 13-9 mark for the year. His 13 wins led the staff.

Obviously, the starting rotation was mostly battered and bruised in 1977.

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