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Phils Top Cards On Strength of Dalrymple’s Ninth-Inning Clout

June 26, 1964 - Clay Dalrymple’s ninth-inning homer, a two-run clout to right, gave the league-leading Philadelphia Phillies a 6-5 victory tonight at Busch Stadium over St. Louis after the Cardinals had driven out Jim Bunning (right).

The Cardinals had rallied to take a 5-4 lead in a three-run eighth, knocking out Bunning. Bunning, who pitched a perfect game against the Mets last Sunday, saw his streak snapped by the leadoff batter, Curt Flood, who doubled.

“I heaved a big sigh when Flood got that hit,” said Bunning. “That experience Sunday didn’t bother me. But I said to myself, ‘Now things can get back to normal and we can concentrate on more ballgames.’ I hung too many sliders, and my curveball wasn’t good at all.

“I ran out of gas in the eighth. In spite of Sunday’s New York heat, I didn’t feel it then like I did tonight.”

With Philadelphia now trailing 5-4, Tony Gonzalez opened the top of the ninth against Ron Taylor with a double. Dalrymple then hit his second homer of the season, onto the right center-field pavilion roof.

“Taylor missed the first two, outside pitches,” said Dalrymple afterward. “He threw the next one inside, and I got a good rip at it. The next — right down the middle.” And out of the park.

“That’s what they’ve been doing all year — this time it happened to be Dalrymple’s turn,” said Gene Mauch (left), the happy Philadelphia skipper.

“That’s how you win pennants,” said Ed Roebuck, the winning pitcher in relief. “One day it’s one guy, the next day it’s another.”

Philadelphia’s Cookie Rojas hit a two-run homer — his second this year. Cookie also made the Redbirds crumble with a game-saving stop in the eighth after the Cards had scored three times.

With runners on first and third, shortstop Rojas dived to his left for Bill White’s hot grounder headed for center field. While still on the ground, Rojas flipped to second for an inning-ending force play.

“We have two other shortstops [Bobby Wine and Ruben Amaro] who probably could make that play — but Rojas did,” said Mauch. “Cookie comes to play. He looks at the position and goes there. Tonight it was shortstop, tomorrow it will be center field.”

Bob Gibson, the St. Louis starter, was tagged also for a two-run homer by Richie Allen. The first-pitch drive carried into the bushes in the center field garden.

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