The Red Sox left 12,796 fans, including 1,973 ladies, something to remember them by as they defeated both the elements and the Philadelphia Athletics, 12-5, at Fenway Park yesterday afternoon before embarking on an 18-day road trip.
Southpaw Mickey Harris, his season’s first start, pitched out of several tight spots to turn in a creditable performance and brighten the Sox pitching picture. Ted Williams walloped his first home run (and his 223rd of his career), a rising drive over the Sox bull pen, with two on in the fifth.
A cold, penetrating wind chased hundreds of fans from the park as early as the fourth inning, but those that remained to watch the Sox sweep their two-game series from the A’s saw Williams enjoy his best run-producing day of the infant season. Ted chased home five runs with his homer and single and scored two himself.
Harris’ control was a bit faulty as he walked eight. But he bore down in the pinches, scattering 11 hits and fanning eight. He coasted from the fifth inning after his mates had chased Dick Fowler, Athletics’ starter, with two three-run outbursts in the third and fourth innings and added four more tallies off Jim Wilson, a Sox castoff, in the fifth.
Pesky starts rally
The A’s held a 2-1 lead when the Red Hose suddenly caught fire with two out in their half of the third. Johnny Pesky ignited it with a single between Hank Majeski and the third sack. After Williams walked, Vern Stephens singled to score Pesky and send Ted to third. Bobby Doerr walked, loading the bases, and Sam Mele singled to left, scoring Williams and Stephens.
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