Editor’s note: The Red Sox were 69-90 before they hosted the Indians for this game, the third-last game of the 1964 season, their sixth straight losing campaign.
With only 306 customers in the stands, the Red Sox Thursday defeated the Indians, 4 to 2, to snap a six-game losing streak.
Eddie Connolly won his fourth game, but had to have help from the indomitable Dick Radatz.
Carl Yastrzemski rapped out three hits and Dick Stuart batted in two of the four runs. The Indians’ defense was found wanting and the Red Sox as a result netted two unearned runs for Connolly in the second inning.
Lee Thomas singled and went to third on a two-base error by third baseman Max Alvis on Frank Malzone’s grounder.
Eddie Bressoud’s sacrifice fly scored Thomas and Malzone scored when left fielder George Banks fell down going after a routine fly ball by Connolly which fell for two bases.
The Red Sox made it 3-0 in the third as Tony Conigliaro walked, Yaz singled and Stuart came through with a sacrifice fly. The final Sox run resulted in the eighth as Yaz doubled and Stuart singled.
The Indians stranded 16 runners as Connolly suffered through a streak of wildness. This wildness gave the Indians two runs in the seventh as Banks and John Romano walked, Wood Held doubled home one run and Radatz came in from the bull pen.
Radatz walked Fred Whitfield to fill the bases, Bressoud booted a grounder to allow the second Indian run, but that was the extent of the damage.
Hit and run: The 306 paid was the smallest crowd in Fenway Park history … Previous low was 674 for a Kansas City game last season.