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Bouton Does It All as Yanks Top Indians, 5-2

June 1, 1963 - Jim Bouton today gained his seventh victory for the New York Yankees against one loss, and you could say that it was all Bouton’s doing. The young right-hander, promoted just a month ago from the bullpen, turned in another masterful route-going performance on the mound. Even more important, however, he drove in 4 of the Yankees’ 5 runs as the Bombers brought down the Cleveland Indians, 5-2, at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. As a result of Bouton’s heroics, the American League standings have that normal look again as the Yanks gained sole possession of first place. Their grip became stronger at night after the Orioles lost to the Angels, 7-1. A homer by Roger Maris after Dick Donovan had retired the first 13 batters to face him accounted for the other New York run. If Mayor Wagner could get people off relief as successfully as Ralph Houk has done with Bouton, the city would be solvent. Since being installed as a starter on May 12, the 24-year-old buzz-baller has taken his 5 starts in succession. Of course, his bat never helped much until today. The loss was the ninth-place Tribe’s ninth in the last ten games.


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