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Dodgers Down Braves as Koufax Shines

May 29, 1963 - Sandy Koufax, who has developed a horror of allowing an enemy runner to cross home plate, racked up his fourth shutout and seventh victory last night while reducing his earned-run average to a microscopic 1.51. Frank Howard’s ninth home run broke up a scoreless duel between Koufax and Denver LeMaster in the seventh inning, and the Dodgers blasted six more markers in the ninth to present Koufax with a 7-0 triumph over the Braves in Milwaukee. What with San Francisco bowing to Cincinnati, the Dodgers now trail the pace-setting Giants by only one game. It was Los Angeles’ 13th victory in its last 16 starts, while Bobby Bragan’s faltering Braves were losing the fifth of six games on his homestand to remain mired in eighth place. Koufax survived several squeakers while striking out eight Braves, walking two, and scattering six singles. Singles by Joe Torre and Bubba Morton plus a one-out walk to Roy McMillan presented Sandy with a bases-loaded situation in the second. By striking out Len Gabrielson the first of three straight times and retiring LeMaster, Koufax squeezed out of the jam. Only two Braves reached second base after that. Southpaws go again tonight with Johnny Podres facing Bob Hendley.

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