Boston came through with the game-winning runs in the bottom of the 8th inning scoring 2 runs on 5 hits. After an out was recorded, Rice started the rally when he delivered a one-base hit. Bill Buckner next to the plate and he ripped a base-hit. Tony Armas then stroked a base-hit to load the bases. Mike Easler came up and he hit a sacrifice fly which scored a run. Rich Gedman stepped into the box and slapped a single scoring the final run of the inning. California had a chance to come back in the 9th but they came up short.
The winning pitcher was Tim Lollar(7-3) who allowed 2 runs in 8 innings. Bob Stanley recorded the save, his 24th. Jim Slaton(5-11) suffered the loss. He got hit hard, allowing 10 hits and 2 walks in 7 and 1/3 innings.
'You have to give California credit, they fought us tough to the end' John McNamara said. 'It could have gone either way, but I'm glad we pulled out the victory.'