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From the archives | Aug. 20

Mo Vaughn’s blast lifts Red Sox to victory

A slight touch of fall in the night air, the local colleges about to welcome Generation X back to academia, the Red Sox hinted at turning the Back Bay into an autumnal hardball heaven last night with a 4-3 victory over the Oakland A’s that pulled them within two games of .500 for the first time since the opening week of the season.

Mo Vaughn, the first batter to face lefthanded reliever Mike Mohler in the eighth inning, launched a three-run homer into the screen in left, bringing the Red Sox out from under a 3-1 deficit, carrying them to their 62d win and moving them within 6 1/2 games of the White Sox in the American League wild-card chase.

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