In the top of the seventh inning Cleveland hit Grove hard for two runs and the Indians led 6-4. But Williams singled and Third Baseman Jim Tabor homered in the bottom half of the inning and the score was tied again. Two walks, a triple and another home run by Tabor in the eighth finally put Grove and the Red Sox ahead 10-6.
When Grove walked wearily to the mound in the ninth inning, the 16,000 people in the stands all stood up and cheered. Grove quickly got the first two outs. With every pitch to Lou Boudreau, the third batter, the crowd roared. Boudreau ended the suspense by hitting a short fly to center field, which Dom DiMaggio caught on the run.
Lefty Grove had given up 12 hits and six runs but he had won his 300th major league game. "This is the thrill of a lifetime," said Grove after being rushed by police through a mob of screaming fans to the dressing room. "I'm going to send the ball to Cooperstown."
Someone asked Grove if, at 41, he would now retire with his 300 wins. "Quit now? They'll have to cut the uniform off me. I'm going out for another 300. They couldn't be any harder to get than the first 300," replied Grove.
Lefty's prophecy, however, was more hopeful than realistic. He started seven more times that season but never won another game. On September 28 he pitched an inning in relief and gave up four hits. It was the last time he appeared on the mound. That winter he retired from baseball, letting his record stand at an even 300 wins.