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Yankees Beat Orioles as Berra Goes Deep

July 29, 1961 - In defense of their precarious perch atop the American League, the Yankees triggered a fusillade of singles against the Orioles at the Stadium today. It left them no better than even with Baltimore after seven and a half innings. So Yogi Berra lined a home run into the right-field seats in the eighth, and that brought down the Orioles, 5-4. Yogi's feat evoked a roaring ovation from the gathering of 42,990. In addition, it raised the Yanks' lead to two games over the Tigers, snapped Baltimore's winning streak at five games, and enabled Whitey Ford to register his 19th victory of the season. Roger Maris was sidelined with a pulled leg muscle and thus missed an opportunity to improve on his major-league leading total of 40 home runs. Mickey Mantle went hitless in four times at bat. His home run total remains at 39.


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