Fenway Park Field

June 25, 1978

One reason why watching Luis Tiant was top-shelf entertrainment was to see him slip into trouble, such as loading the bases before recording an out.

How else would we have seen him glide out of jams unscathed?

At his best, Tiant was a twisting, turning, snarling baseball Houdini. The faithful at this particular performance, at Fenway Park against the Baltimore Orioles, saw a classic escape.

Taking a 2-0 lead into the fourth inning, Tiant served up a line drive into the bleachers by Orioles first baseman Eddie Murray. Ken Singleton singled, Pat Kelly walked and Terry Crowley walked.

As if on cue, Doug DiCinces hit a ground ball that Butch Hobson turned into a 5-2-3 double play.

Rick Dempsey followed with a fly ball to center field.

Disaster averted.

Tiant went the rest of the way in an 8-3 Red Sox victory, running his record to 7-0.

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