On the Bad News Diamond tonight, Boston’s pitching staff held Texas to just one run until the offense woke up late and led the team to a 7-1 decision before a packed stadium.

Starting pitcher Gerald worked around 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings, allowing just a solo homer to the Texas cleanup hitter Glenn. Chuck came out of the bullpen for the third straight game to pitch 3 2/3 scoreless innings, escaping a jam in the eighth by leaving runners at second and third. Norman came in for the ninth to close out the victory.

Boston’s offense was stifled for the first six innings of the game, managing to scratch across a single run in the third by bringing around a leadoff double from Ben on a base hit by Hector. After Boston had pushed across the go-ahead run in the seventh, Hector struck again by pulling a three-run homer down the left field line to put the game out of reach.

Boston’s ace, Frank, will start in the title game. Sources within the clubhouse say that the team’s entire bullpen will be active for the game, in case Frank falters. The key, according to the team manager, will be to “keep things close until our offense does what it always does.”

Frank says that he’s ready. “We’ve waited our entire careers for this moment. Our power guys got us here, and now it’s up to me to bring it home.”

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