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Dodgers Sneak Past Reds as Koufax Scores 100th Victory

June 8, 1964 - Sandy Koufax celebrated Sandy Koufax Night at Dodger Stadium today by scoring his 100th National League victory with a 2-1 squeaker over the Cincinnati Reds.

A paid crowd of 32,439 was on hand for the Dodgers’ homecoming as the world champions climbed past the Chicago Cubs into seventh place.

Tommy Davis scored the deciding run in the sixth at Jim Maloney’s expense when he sprinted all the way home from first base on John Roseboro’s wrong-field double.

The Reds had scored six consecutive wins over Los Angeles, interrupted only by a 17-inning tie, and twice previously this season Koufax had lost to the Reds by shutout scores.

Koufax (7-4) limited Cincinnati to four hits, including Deron Johnson’s home run in the fifth that gave the Reds a temporary lead.

The great southpaw, who hurled his third no-hitter in his last start while fanning a dozen Phillies, struck out only five this time in regaining the major league lead with 86 K’s, but for the 10th time in his career Sandy did not issue a base on balls.

Sandy had a perfect game going before Johnson opened the fifth with his jolt into the left-field seats.

“I was trying to throw a strike on Johnson and overdid it,” grinned Sandy afterward. “It was right over the plate, belt high.”

Sandy said the fact that he had been honored by the Westside Shrine Club before the game and showered with gifts hadn’t put the pressure on him.

“Sure, I wanted to win this one on a night when I was being honored. But heck, I like to win every time I go out there.”

Manager Walter Alston said after the game he would return Frank Howard to the lineup tomorrow night. That probably will mean that rookie Wes Parker will play first base.

“He suffered a little muscle pull tonight,” Alston said, “but if he’s OK I want to keep him in the lineup somewhere.”

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