If anyone needed further proof that the Fenway jinx had ended—or that the Red Sox were in a hitting slump—it was forthcoming the next night. Luis Tiant, who was to be backed with but 14 singles and not one earned run in a string of 38 innings, squared off against the Yanks' Pat Dobson in a pitching classic. Dobson went 11 innings without yielding an earned run, retiring 14 batters in a row over one stretch, and 19 of 20 as New York won 2-1 in the 12th. The winning run was scored on a 420-foot homer—by Alex Johnson.
The Yanks had tied the game in the ninth after the umpires ruled fan interference on a line shot by Chambliss that bounced into the right-field stands. Boston Manager Darrell Johnson protested that the ball should have been a ground-rule double, which would have held up the tying runner at third base, but his arguments only earned him an ejection.
"It was a lousy call," Tiant said. "They stink. They should all be fined. They're no good. They don't belong in this league. They don't give a damn about you losing a pennant over a call like that. Umpires are human and they make mistakes, but that was no mistake tonight. The ball bounced and touched the fan. The runner shouldn't have scored."
Where there had been a packed house and communal frenzy in Boston, the opposite was true during the Yanks' series in Baltimore. The Orioles still suffer from the apathy epitomized by Marion Law, who considerably brightens the Avis counter at Friendship Airport.
"What kind of ball game is going on?" she asked a visitor.
"You know, the Orioles," was the visitor's reply.
"Oh, that," she said. "I thought that was all over."
As things turned out, the first game of a twi-night doubleheader in Memorial Stadium was not all over until four hours and 12 minutes after it started. The Yanks took a 2-0 lead in the second and the Orioles got a run back in the same inning. In the fifth Andy Etchebarren hit his first home run of the year to tie it up, and the deadlock continued until the bottom of the 17th, when a pinch single by Boog Powell scored Paul Blair with the winning run. That was 10 innings after Manager Earl Weaver had been tossed out by the umps.
The Orioles got a waiver on the Baltimore midnight curfew, but only five hits in the second game off Larry Gura, a 26-year-old southpaw purchased from Syracuse last month after several trials with the Cubs. Gura scattered the hits as the Yanks made victory look easy. Score: 5-1. A burned-up Oriole fan burned his pennant.
The next night was memorable in that the Yankees' Mike Wallace, another lefthander, who had a 5-0 record as a relief pitcher, made his first American League start. Wallace allowed just five hits in beating Jim Palmer, so long the Oriole "stopper," 3-0.