California came up with the deciding runs in the 9th inning with 2 runs using 3 hits. Doug Decinces began the California spurt when he cracked a solo homerun. After an out was recorded, Ruppert Jones came to bat and doubled. Bob Boone then delivered a one-base hit scoring the final run of the inning. A wild and woolly affair, this game saw the lead change 5 times.
The win was credited to Jim Slaton(5-9) who went 1 inning allowing no runs. Donnie Moore gained credit for his 14th save. The losing pitcher was Dan Quisenberry(0-4) in relief. He allowed 2 runs and 3 hits in 1 inning.
Gene Mauch was feeling mighty fine as he answered questions in his office after the game, "Now that was one fine ending! Did you see how the crowd just sat there in silence after the winning run scored? Here we are celebrating wildly, and the stadium is cloaked in virtual silence. Weird. but GREAT!"