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Ninth-Inning Single by Brooks Robinson leads O’s to Victory over White Sox

May 2, 1963 - A single by Brooks Robinson with the bases loaded in the ninth inning helped the fourth-place Baltimore Orioles to an 8-7 victory over the third-place Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park tonight. A crowd of 10,501 watched the big Bird ninth in which three White Sox relievers faltered. Jim Gentile had slammed his fourth homer of the season and Bob Johnson his first as an Oriole before John Orsino opened the top of the ninth by drawing a walk off Dom Zanni, the first replacement for Sox starter Juan Pizarro, who was ousted in the eighth. Lopez called left-hander Gary Peters to pitch to left-handed-swinging John (Boog) Powell (pictured), hitting for Dean Stone, the fourth of five Oriole pitchers. Powell lined a single to center. Russ Snyder ran for Powell, and Luis Aparicio slashed a single off Peters’ glove to fill the bases. Manager Al Lopez lifted Peters and brought on Mike Joyce to pitch to Joe Gaines, who bounced out to Nellie Fox, Orsino scoring to make the score 7-6, Chicago. Al Smith took a called third strike. Then, with Birds on second and third and Gentile at the plate, an intentional walk was ordered to fill the bases and set up Robinson’s game-winning smash.


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