IN THE NEWS: Southpaw relief P Masanori Murakami becomes the first ML player from Japan. He debuts in a 41 San Francisco loss at New York. His first 11 innings will be scoreless ones.
The Phillies top Houston 43 on three solo home runs in the 7th inning. Johnny Callison, Wes Covington, and Frank Thomas supply the power outages.
The Cardinals move past the faltering Giants into 3rd place with a 54 win over the Braves. Former Brave, now Cardinals utility C, Bob Uecker hits his first home run of the year, then singles in the winning run in the 9th to win it for the Birds. St. Louis is seven 1/2 in back of the first-place Phils.
IN THE NEWS: The Yankees overcome two homers by Ken Harrelson to beat the host A's, 97, in 10 innings. Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard hit back-to-back homers in the 4th inning for New York. With the Orioles losing today, Baltimore (81-54) and Chicago (82-55) are virtually tied for first, with New York (77-56) three games back.
IN THE NEWS: For the second time in four days and the 3rd time in his career, Zoilo Versalles has the only hit for the Twins. His 2-run homer in the 6th is the lone hit off Boston's Bill Monbouquette but it is good enough for a Twins win, 21.
At Philadelphia, Giants' ace Juan Marichal strikes out 13 Phillies, including seven in a row, to win 43.
The Red Sox sell pitcher Wilbur Wood to the Pirates. The knuckleballer was 05 last year and had no decision in four appearances this year. The Bucs will pass Wood along to the White Sox in 1967 where he'll blossom.
IN THE NEWS: Phils' first baseman Frank Thomas fractures his right thumb sliding back into 1B in the 32 loss to the Dodgers. The Phils are six games ahead, but Thomas's loss will be felt keenly when the Phils begin to slide. Art Mahaffey takes the loss, lasting just a 1/3 of an inning. Thirty-six-year-old Jim Brewer wins his first ML start.
IN THE NEWS: The Phils split a 2-game series with the Cards and build a 6-game lead in the National League on Chris Short's 51 win. Short strikes out 12 throwing no curves to win his 16th. A pivotal play is 3B Dick Allen's stop and throw out of Javier's sharp grounder with two men on in the 2nd.
Baltimore tops the Senators 125, despite Brooks Robinson hitting into his 2nd triple play. Brooks will hit into a record four TPs by the time he hangs up his glove.
Bob Gibson holds the Cubs to two hits, and the Cards win, 50. Ken Boyer's 22nd homer starts the Birds' scoring.
Angels reliever Bob Lee fractures his right hand punching a heckling sailor in Boston.
After rookie Wally Bunker (16-4) gives the Orioles a 52 win, KC's bonus baby Blue Moon Odom stops the O's, 80, on two hits. The split shaves the Orioles lead to a half-game over the White Sox.
In a pitching duel between the Braves Denny Lemaster and the Reds Jim Maloney, Milwaukee scores a run in the 8th to win, 10. Gene Oliver doubles, the 2nd hit of the game off Maloney, and scores after a double steal and fly out. Leo Cardenas has the only hit off Lemaster.
IN THE NEWS: The Orioles' Frank Bertaina and the A's Bob Meyer duel in the ML's 5th double one-hitter. Bertaina prevails 10, his 1st ML win and only decision of the year. Johnny Orsino's 8th inning double and Doc Edwards 5th inning two-bagger account for the hits. Baltimore sets a major-league record for fewest at-bats in a nine inning game (8 times at bat) with 19, and both clubs go to the plate just 46 times. The last battle of matching one-hitters was June 21, 1956.
The Indians score six in the 1st, and outlast the White Sox, 1110. For 2nd-place Chicago, it is their 4th loss in six games. The loss goes to starter Ray Herbert, with Sam McDowell the victor.
IN THE NEWS: The Yankees whip the Angels 62 to lock on to first place for good with a 2-percentage-point lead over the idle White Sox and Orioles. Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle each have three hits. Mantle's include his 2,000th career hit and his 450th home run, his 31st of the year. The Yankees have won two in a row and will run their win streak to 11 games.
Phillies pitcher Jim Bunning (17-4), starting on two days rest after pitching 10 innings in Houston, loses to the Colt 45s, 65. Bunning had won eight in a row.
The Dodger-Phils matchup in Los Angeles goes 15 innings, when with two outs in the bottom of the 16th, Willie Davis singles, steals 2nd, and takes 3rd on a wild pitch. With rookie reliever Morrie Steevens making his first ML appearance, Davis swipes home to give the Dodgers the 43 win. His steal of home is the latest in any game in the National League and ties Hal Trosky's 16th-inning swipe of home in a 1944 game. The Phils now lead by five 1/2.
In the 1st game of a doubleheader, the Reds stun the Cardinals 75 when Frank Robinson connects for a 3-run 9th inning home run off Bob Gibson. The Cards take the 2nd, 20, scoring both runs on C Don Pavletich's throwing error on a double steal. Ray Sadecki wins his 18th.
IN THE NEWS: Jim Bunning, in relief, strikes out Johnny Roseboro in the 9th to preserve the Phils 32 win in Los Angeles. The win comes after two straight losses and leaves the 1st place Phils in front of the National League by six 1/2 games with 12 to play. When they return to Philley in the early morning, 2,000 fans including Mayor James Tate are on hand to greet the team.
IN THE NEWS: John Tsitouris hurls a 10 shutout for the Reds over Art Mahaffey and the first-place Phillies, launching a 10-game Phils' losing streak. Rookie Chico Ruiz scores the only run when, with Frank Robinson at bat, he steals home with two out in the 6th inning.
IN THE NEWS: The sizzling Yanks win their 9th in a row, defeating the Tribe, 43 in 11 innings and 64. Elston Howard's homer off Louie Tiant snaps a tie in the opener. John Romano homers in each game for the Indians while recently acquired Pedro Ramos finishes up both games for New York. Ramos, however, will not be eligible for the World Series.
The slumping Phils (90-63) drop their 3rd in a row to the Reds, 64. Vada Pinson has two homers, good for four runs, to lead the Reds over the 1st-place Quakers. The Reds (86-66) trail by three 1/2 games, with the Cards and Giants five back.
The Mets surprise the Cards and Roger Craig, 21, scoring the winner on an error. The Cards only run is Bill White's homer off Galen Cisco. Cards manager Johnny Keane is quoted as saying he has no idea whether he will be asked to return as Cards manager next year.
Washington's Don Loun makes his first mound appearance and shuts out the Red Sox, 10 for his only ML win. Loun will lose his next and last start.
IN THE NEWS: Dean Chance beats the Twins' Jim Kaat 10 to become the Angels first 20-game winner. Chance's five 10 wins in 1964 ties the major-league record held by four pitchers (Reb Russell; W. Johnson; Bush; Hubbell).
The 1st-place Phils, just three 1/2 games in the lead after dropping three games at home to the Reds (92 and 64) throw Jim Bunning at the Braves. Bunning lasts six innings but the Braves topple the host Phils, 53, as Joe Torre belts two triples to drive home three runs. In the 2nd contest, the woes continue as the Phillies lose 75 in 11 innings. Chris Short goes eight innings for Philley before exiting with a 33 tie. Torre slams a two run homer in the 10th, but the Phils match it, before losing it in the 11th. Torre had three hits in the nitecap with three RBIs.
IN THE NEWS: At Shibe Park, the Braves and Phillies set a major-league record by using 43 players in a 9-inning game. The Braves' 25 match the 9-inning high mark for National League clubs. Eight of the 25 are pitchers, tying a league mark, but still the stumbling Phils drop their 6th in a row 64. The topper is Rico Carty's 3-run triple in the top of the 9th against reliever Bobby Shantz, in for starter Art Mahaffey. Torre again has three hits for Milwaukee, which shaves the Phils' lead to a half-game.
Behind rookie Mel Stottlemyre's 2-hitter, the Yankees roll over the Senators, 70, for their 11th win in a row. Stottlemyre leads the offense with a ML-record-tying five hits, the last pitcher to collect that many and just the 8th pitcher this century to do so (Jim Callahan of the White Sox did it twice). With a single in his last at bat in his last game, he's had six hits in a row.
The Reds belt the Mets, 61, for their 7th straight win, the longest in the NL this season. Marty Keough drives in half the runs with a single and double. The Reds are now a half-game in back of the Phils.
IN THE NEWS: Despite three home runs by Johnny Callison, the Phils are 148 losers to the Braves, who complete a 4-game sweep at Connie Mack Stadium. The Phils' 7th straight loss drops them out of first, which they had held for 73 days. Milwaukee tallied 22 hits10 against Jim Bunning in four inningsand four relievers. Joe Torre has two hits including his 20th homer.
The Reds are winners of nine straight as they sweep two against New York, winning 41 and 31, to take a one-game lead over the faltering Phils. Philadelphia is now just a half-game ahead of the charging Cardinals, winners of eight straight games. Even the Giants, losers of a doubleheader against the Cubs, are just four 1/2 games in back of the Reds, and will not be eliminated until October 3.
IN THE NEWS: The Phillies lose their 10th straight game as Curt Simmons of the Cards beats Jim Bunning 85. The Phils now trail by two 1/2 games with just two to play, but have a glimmer of hope since the Cardinals have three games left against the 10th-place Mets.
A total of 36 strikeouts, 19 by Pittsburgh batters, ties the National League record for whiffs in the Pirates' 10 squeaker against the Reds in 16 innings. Jerry Mays's squeeze bunt scores the lone run. The loss drops the Reds out of 1st place with three games left.
In his first ML at bat, pinch hitter Bill Roman debuts with a homer, the only one of his brief ML career. Even so, the Tigers lose to New York 76 as a Mickey Mantle leadoff home run in the 2nd off Mickey Lolich ignites a 5-run rally. New York takes the nightcap 118 for a sweep.
In a rarity at Fenway, the Indians shut out the Red Sox in a doubleheader winning 50 and 30. Rookie Luis Tiant and Sam McDowell go the distance in applying the whitewash.