The Boston Red Sox snapped Blue Moon Odom’s scoreless inning streak with a single tally in the first inning, but Odom’s A’s matched the run and continued scoring in a 9-2 home rout. Carl Yastrzemski singled in Jose Tartbull who opened the game with a double to break Odom’s 29 1/3 scoreless inning streak, which was the longest streak since Atlanta’s Pat Jarvis registered 39 1/3 zeros in 1966. Sal Bando countered Yaz with a RBI single scoring Oakland leadoff hitter Bert Campaneris who reached on an error by Boston third baseman Joe Foy. Bando put Oakland ahead in the fifth inning, again plating Campaneris with a single. Campy opened the frame with a single and stole second base, his 14th swipe of the year. The A’s busted the game open in the sixth with four consecutive hits. Red Sox reliever Jerry Stephenson failed to put out the fire and Oakland led 6-1. Rick Monday added a pair of runs with a two-run home run in the seventh. Odom allowed another run in the Boston sixth on a Rico Petrocelli double, but finished the game for his fifth win in six decisions.
In Minnesota, Indian starter Stan Williams was a hard-luck loser once again as he allows only five hits in nine innings, but the Twins win in the tenth, 2-1, on pinch-hitter Frank Kostro’s sacrifice fly. In Anaheim, Detroit’s Mickey Lolich evened his record to 4-4 with a hard-fought 6-5 win over the California Angels. Eddie Mathews went three-for-three subbing for Norm Cash at first base. Pinch hitter Gates Brown drives in the go-ahead run for the Tigers in the sixth with a two-run double to right center field. In the only National League game, Houston nipped Los Angeles, 2-1, on Jimmy Wynn’s two run blast in the eighth inning at the Astrodome.