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Dodgers Top Colt .45’s as Koufax Shines

June 13, 1963 - Sandy Koufax pitched a 3-hit shutout and Willie Davis smacked a 2-run bases-filled single as Los Angeles defeated the Houston Colt .45’s, 3-0, today before 21,873 at Dodger Stadium and regained the National League lead. The Dodger left-hander struck out 10 in posting his ninth victory and fifth shutout. A teammate, Tommy Davis, took over the league batting lead with a .345 average. Singles by Tommy Davis and Wally Moon and a walk to John Roseboro preceded Willie Davis’s single in the fourth. Roseboro singled in Tommy Davis in the sixth for the other Dodger run. The Cardinals and the Giants, with identical records of 35-26, each trail the Dodgers by 2 percentage points. With the victory, Koufax upped his record to 9-3 and reduced his ERA to 1.77. The smooth southpaw has been unbeatable at Dodger Stadium this year, making it a perfect 5-0 with 4 shutouts in L.A. Among Sandy’s other accomplishments, there is the now ho-hum item of having struck out 10 men in a game 45 different times, still another National League record. It upped his season total to 102, only two behind league leader Don Drysdale. “I’m a little surprised,” said Koufax after the game. “I was laboring when I warmed up, and I didn’t feel right in the early innings. But things worked out.” That they did.

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