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Braves Top Giants in Milwaukee as Spahn Hits 33rd Career Homer

June 23, 1963 - Warren Spahn started a 7-run rally with his 33rd career homer in the fifth inning today and went on to pitch the Braves to a 10-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee County Stadium. The homer was the first this season for Spahn, who has hit more homers than any other pitcher in the history of the National League. The victory was the 10th of the year for the 42-year-old Spahn. The star left-hander is aiming to win 20 or more games for the 13th season. Spahn, the winningest southpaw to pitch in the majors, also notched his 337th career victory. He needs only 18 strikeouts to become the strikeout leader among left-handed pitchers in the history of the National League. Spahn’s homer off starter and loser Jack Sanford tied the game at 3-3, and the Braves sent 10 more batters to the plate before the second reliever, Al Stanek, finally retired the side. Orlando Cepeda, the Giants’ first baseman, got the 1,000th hit of his major league career when he singled off Spahn in the fourth. Cepeda broke into the majors with the Giants in 1958. After today’s success with the Giants, the Braves turn tomorrow to the Houston Colts. Denny Lemaster (3-4) will match pitches with Skinny Brown (1-2).


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