June 6, 1978

The Red Sox were riding high in the American League East as they opened a trip to Oakland. But the A’s were feeling pretty good about themselves, having just taken two if three against the Yankees.

A’s manager Jack McKeon said that there was no reason for his club to feel intimidated by the mighty visitors from the East. Indeed, the A’s held down first place in the AL West with the second-best record in the league

Oakland proved worthy of its manager’s faith, building an 8-1 lead then withstanding a Red Sox power surge for a 9-7 win before 36,463 at the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum. It was a half-price night, but doubled what had been its biggest crowd of the season.

Jim Rice, Carlton Fisk and Butch Hobson all homered for the Red Sox.

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