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Don Drysdale Overpowers Mets as Dodgers Win, 3-1

May 23, 1962 - The Mets, from their remote position in ninth place, made a heroic effort tonight in Los Angeles to make their presence felt in the National League pennant race — to no avail. Don Drysdale (right), the Dodgers’ towering right-hander, overpowered them with a four-hitter. Roger Craig (left), a onetime Dodger himself, made a noble bid to match this. But after maintaining a 1-1 tie for seven innings, Roger weakened in the eighth. The Dodgers jammed two runs across and that won it for Walter Alston’s club, 3-1, before 19,885. The victory enabled the Dodgers to move into second place, a game and a half behind the Giants. So, the Mets’ recent heroics in Milwaukee, where they won three out of four from the Braves including the sweep of a doubleheader, are rapidly fading from memory. They have now lost three in a row.

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