July 5, 1982

Dennis Eckersley had struggled for most of the season, the Red Sox were on a four-game losing streak and the Milwaukee Brewers were mashing the ball with 35 homers in their previous 15 games.

Eckersley proceeded to throw his second straight complete game, stopping Milwaukee on six hits in a 4-1 win, his ninth in 15 decisions. The Red Sox took over first place in the American League East.

This was the Brewers club that won their first American League pennant, leading the big leagues with 216 home runs and 891 runs scored, but couldn’t nail down the AL East crown until the final day of the year, a 10-2 win over the Orioles

The Red Sox finished six games behind them at 89-73.

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