Sept. 3, 1972

For the first time in five summers, the Red Sox found themselves in a pennant race over Labor Day weekend. Technically, it was a division race, which then was a fight for the top spot in one of two top spots in the American League.

But their sheer relevance as fall beckoned was a worthy feat.

Sonny Siebert evened his record at 11-11, with relief help from Bill Lee and Bob Bolin, as the Red Sox fought off the Kansas City Royals, 5-3, their seventh win in eight games. It left them one-half game behind New York and Detroit, who were a full game behind the division-leading Orioles.

Siebert nearly wasted a 5-0 lead that his teammates spotted him with two in the first and three in the second. He left with one out in the seventh, responsible for all three Royals runs.

Reggie Smith homered for the Red Sox, Lou Piniella homered for the Royals.

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