Boston- For the fourth time in the series, the winning run scores in the last inning. This time, it is the most watched game in series history.
Boston took the early 3-0 lead. After Carl Yastrzemski's RBI single, Don Gullett walks both Rico Petrocelli and Dwight Evans to force in two more runs.
In the 6th, Pete Rose extends the inning with a hard slide into second baseman Denny Doyle on a potential inning-ending double play.
The errant throw sends Johnny Bench to second. Bill Lee, who likes to throw a slow, looping curve know as the Leephus, tries it against Tony Perez. Perez times it perfectly for a two-run homer to pull the Reds within 3-2.
Lee leaves in the 7th because of a blister and Reds knot the score with two outs. Rose's RBI single scores Ken Griffey, the first of two walks in the inning.
Jim Burton, a rookie making his first series appearance, walks Griffey to open the 9th.
Cesar Geronimo sacrifices — third baseman Rico Petrocelli slips fielding the bunt, but still gets the out at first. As Dan Driessen grounds to second, Griffey takes third.
Rose walks on a 3-2 pitch to bring Morgan to the plate. he flicks a soft fly to center for a single.
Will McEnaney sets down the Red Sox in order in the 9th — Juan Beniquez flies to left. Bob Montgomery grounds to short and Carl Yastrzemski pops to center — for the Reds first World Championship since 1940.
Reds manager Sparky Anderson says, "We were the best team in baseball, but not by much."
The series features five victories by one run, two in extra innings and three on game-ending hits. In six of the seven victories, the winner trails. And 13 times the score is either tied or lead reversed.
For the series, Rose earns MVP honor with a .370 average.
Tony Perez cracks three homers and drives in seven. Carl Yastrzemski bats .310 for Boston and he and centerfielder Fred Lynn make several great catches. Yaz moved back to left because of an injury to starter Jim Rice.