Just to emphasize their collapse into irrelevance, the Red Sox dropped both ends of a doubleheader against the Milwaukee Brewers. 

In the first game, they continued providing Luis Tiant with minimal margin for error in a 3-2 loss.  Until scoring a run in the eighth, Boston had scored zero runs for Tiant in 22 innings.

In the nightcap, the Brewers outlasted them for a 5-4 decision in 13 innings. Reliever Bob Bolin, the fourth Red Sox pitcher, went the final, punchless 3⅓ innings for the loss.

During this era of Red Sox folds, the losing streaks were almost always fueled by prolonged stretches of poor run production. In 22 innings that night at County Stadium, they scored six runs on 19 hits.

The double-dip left the Red Sox six games behind the Orioles with 28 games remaining.

Earl Weaver’s Birds didn’t blow six-game leads with 28 left to play.