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Red Sox Top Angels, Gain First Place

May 17, 1963 - A Red Sox victory and a White Sox loss moved Boston into first place by 15 percentage points in the American League yesterday. Earl Wilson, pitching with three days’ rest — a first for him in his major league career — hurled the Red Sox to their fifth straight win, their third straight over the Los Angeles Angels, and sixth in the last seven game as he blanked L.A., 3-0, before 5,261 at Fenway Park. Wilson allowed the visitors two hits, walked only two, and only two men got to second base — both on wild pitches — in the first and eighth innings. Wilson seemed to enjoy working with less rest than usual — or maybe it was the opposition that put a twinkle in his eye. A year ago, he pitched a no-hitter against the Angels. At the start of this season, Wilson gave them one run in the first inning and then blanked them the rest of the game. So, now he has 17 straight scoreless innings against the Angels. “I didn’t try to throw things by them,” said Earl afterwards. “I don’t think I ever had a better change-of-pace and a pretty good curve.” “Okay, so the Red Sox won three straight,” said Angel hurler Bo Belinsky, whose speeches this year are much more forceful than his pitching. “But they’ll have to beat us eight of nine in Los Angeles the way we beat them 8 or 9 here a year ago to make them look tough.”


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