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Reds Drop Giants at Candlestick, 7-4

Apr. 22, 1963 - Jerry Lynch, a pinch hitter, and then Frank Robinson took turns belting two-run homers off Jack Sanford in a five-run eighth today to lead the Cincinnati Reds past the San Francisco Giants, 7-4, at Candlestick Park. The loss dropped the defending National League champions into a tie with St. Louis for second place, 21 percentage points behind the Pirates. The winner was Jimmy O’Toole (pictured), who left for pinch hitter Lynch in the momentous eighth inning with the Giants leading, 3-1, after which the Reds erupted for 5 runs. O’Toole’s record is now 3-1, the same as Sanford’s. Frank Robinson, whose blow put the Reds ahead to stay, said the ball he hit was “just a bad pitch.” “Sanford likes to catch me high and inside,” Robinson explained, “but this one was out over the plate. I know he didn’t want to throw it there.” In the Giants’ eighth, Reds reliever Jim Brosnan was promptly greeted by a home run from Orlando Cepeda — his third of the season — and the Giants drew to 6-4. Reds manager Fred Hutchinson later brought in Bill Henry to retire pinch hitter Ed Bailey with Jim Davenport on base. The Reds added an insurance run in the ninth off rookie John Pregenzir on a single by Eddie Kasko, Henry’s sacrifice, and a run-scoring single to left by Gordy Coleman, his third hit of the day.

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