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Phillies Finally Win at Dodger Stadium

May 15, 1963 - The Philadelphia Phillies shattered a couple of Los Angeles Dodger jinxes last night with a convincing 5-1 victory. They won for the first time in Dodger Stadium history after losing all 9 games there last season, and they beat Don Drysdale for the first time since September 10, 1958, after the Dodger pitcher had chalked up 13 straight wins over them. Veteran Cal McLish, the 37-year-old righthander who broke into the majors with the wartime Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944, was the Phils’ big hero as he scored his first victory of the season, hurled his first complete game, and beat the Dodgers for the first time since 1960, when he was a Cincinnati Red. The Phillies gave McLish all the runs he needed in the first, when Wes Covington (pictured) slammed his eighth homer into the right-field seats, and the Phillies took advantage of a walk, a hit-and-run single, and a throwing error for the second run. They added single tallies in the fifth, sixth, and seventh, to make it an easy victory. McLish, who walked four and fanned three, mixed a sharp curve and good fastball with excellent control to halt the Dodgers, who had won three in a row and five of their last six. Dodger Sandy Koufax faces fellow southpaw Chris Short tonight. Koufax has a 12-6 lifetime record against the Phillies.

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