Bob Stanley saved his 15th game this season as the Red Sox ended a three-game losing streak by beating the New York Yankees, 5-4, last night in Boston.
The crowd of 34, 178 was the largest of the season at Fenway Park.
Glenn Hoffman of the Red Sox doubled in a run and scored two.
In Boston's last 28 victories, Stanley has gotten either the win or save.
"We needed that one badly," he said after facing only eight batters in 2 2/3 innings. (He allowed a hit but it was nullified by a double play). "Beating a team like the Yankees gives you a big lift. I just hope it gets us going."
Only two balls were hit hard off Stanley. With one out in the eighth, Don Baylor singled off the left field wall. Then with one down in the ninth, Graig Nettles gave the Red Sox a fright with a 400-foot fly to the base of the wall in center field.
The Red Sox scored twice in the sixth inning to take a 5-2 lead. Hoffman, who had scored in the third and fifth innings, doubled in the first run in the sixth after Reid Nichols walked and Ed Jurak singled.
Hoffman's hit chased starter Dave Righetti, then Rick Miller greeted reliever George Frazier with a pinch single to left, scoring Jurak. Miller has been successful on nine of his last 21 pinch hit attempts with six RBI.