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Reds’ Offense Explodes, Top Braves 11-1

July 26, 1963 - Joe Nuxhall posted his eighth victory tonight as the Cincinnati Reds finally turned on their vaunted power and walloped the Milwaukee Braves, 11-1, before a booing County Stadium crowd of 12,241. Nuxhall had a shutout going until Gene Oliver spoiled it with a ninth-inning homer. Meanwhile, the Reds mauled five Milwaukee hurlers for 18 assorted hits, including a 3-run homer by Frank Robinson and solo jobs by rookies Tommy Harper and Pete Rose (pictured sliding into third), his third of the season. Vada Pinson, Johnny Edwards, and Rose each exploded three hits to pace the devastating attack, as the Reds scored in six innings, including three runs each in the first and fifth stanzas. Gordy Coleman and Gene Freese were the only hitless Reds, and Freese had to leave the game in the sixth after being hit under the right eye by a bad hop off Henry Aaron’s bat. Tony Cloninger, the Braves’ starter, was bombed for four runs in one-and-two-thirds innings. The Reds continued their assault against Dan Schneider, Ron Piche, and Claude Raymond. Robinson’s 12th homer in the first inning was his first since June 6, but it hiked his season’s RBI total to a healthy 59. The victory, the Reds’ sixth in their last eight outings, moved Cincinnati into fourth place, a half game in front of the slumping Chicago Cubs, who dropped a 4-1 decision to the Cardinals earlier in the day.


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