New York rallied to tie the score at 5-5 in the ninth on a pinch double by Otto Velez and two sacrifice flies. Three innings later Boston's Doyle, who is gaining a reputation for ill-timed mistakes, committed a two-out error on a grounder by May. Nettles and Dineen followed with back-to-back singles, and the Yankees won 6-5.
Dineen, who had arrived at the Stadium (by airplane and Steinbrenner's chauffeured limousine) in the fifth inning, was the unlikeliest of heroes. The high point of his previous major league tour, a seven-game stint last season during which he batted an impressive .364, was a fan letter from Mrs. Babe Ruth.
There was more excitement on Saturday, when the teams again battled into extra innings. Yankee ace Catfish Huntter, who was 0-3 against Boston last year and a slow-starting 3-5 against the league before this game, won it 1-0 with a three-hit, 11-inning masterpiece.
Randolph got two of the five hits allowed by starter Dick Pole and House. He was unable to score on either of them, although he twice reached second base, the first time on a wild pickoff throw, then on White's bunt. But Boston let the rookie on once too often by walking him to open the 11th inning. Again White sacrificed him to second. After Munson was walked intentionally and Chambliss flied out, up came May, who won the game by slashing a single past the diving Doyle. "That's the kind of game we always lost to Boston in the past," said White. Manager Johnson, again seven games behind the Yanks, called the second straight extra-inning defeat "brutal."
A third loss on Sunday would have been more than brutal for Boston, but the Red Sox rebounded with a 7-6 victory. It was a tense classic of another sort—there were two ties and four lead changes—even if it was mucked up by the Yankees, who had an error, two passed balls and a wild pitch and walked in the winning run in the ninth.
The Yanks also suffered from their aggressiveness, running themselves out of two scoring opportunities. After Boston had gone ahead for the second time on Rice's two-run homer in the seventh, Dineen was caught stealing with two out in the eighth. Then, with one out in the ninth and the Yanks trailing 7-5, Randolph got his third hit of the day. Seconds later he scored on Whiten's drive into the left-field corner, but White was thrown out at third on a fine relay from Miller to Burleson to Third Baseman Rico Petrocelli. Munson's weak pop-up ended the game.
More than 160,000 fans had watched the two rivals divide the series. And even though the standings were not affected, the early-season tranquillity most certainly was.