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Giants Win Fourth Straight from Mets as Willie Hits 19th Homer

June 3, 1962 - The San Francisco Giants bade a reluctant farewell to their old Polo Grounds playpen today after scoring their fourth straight victory over the Mets. This, coupled with the defeat of the Dodgers by the Phillies, increased the Giants’ National League lead over Los Angeles to two and a half games. The Mets, meanwhile, came up with a new formula for preserving their losing streak, which now has reached 15 games. Instead of falling behind early and staging futile rallies, they went ahead first, then lost. Trailing by a run from the first inning, the Giants caught up in the sixth on Willie Mays’ 19th homer and won, 6-1, by scoring 5 times in the seventh. A gala crowd of 34,102 was treated to an absorbing pitching duel between Bob Miller of New York and Juan Marichal of San Francisco until the seventh. The Mets are now just 8 games away from tying the 1961 Phillies’ modern record of 23 consecutive losses. The club will play its next 12 games on the road.

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