Baseballs in a line

Sept. 10, 1977

The Red Sox, loaded with power but handicapped by pitching, refused to go away in the American League East race.

Luis Tiant won the first game of a doubleheader against Detroit at Fenway, lasting into the ninth for a 5-1. He was ever The Ace, even with a 10-8 record.

In the nightcap, the bashers provided Reggie Cleveland with a 5-0 lead after two. Cleveland was toast by the third inning and the Red Sox needed plenty of bullpen work to nail down an 8-6 decision.

Starter-turned reliever Rick Wise provided 2-2/3 innings of work for the win. Bill Campbell, who needed just three pitches to record his 25th save in the first game, came on in the sixth inning of the nightcap and went the rest of the way for his 26th.

That Campbell had made 62 appearances in 141 games didn’t faze manager Don Zimmer.

By season’s end, Campbell paid a high price for his 13-9, 31-save season. HIs first arm trouble arrived in 1978.

He lasted 10 more seasons in the big leagues, never again recording more than seven wins or nine saves in a season.

The Red Sox finished the 1977 season tied with the Orioles for second place, 2-1/2 games behind the Yankees.

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