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Yankees Take Game Three after Maris’s Ninth-Inning Homer

Oct. 7, 1961 - Two majestic home runs — a pinch homer by John Blanchard in the eighth inning and a drive by Roger Maris in the ninth for his first hit of the series — swept the Yankees back in business today. The two shots, along with two innings of stout-hearted relief pitching by Luis Arroyo, enabled Ralph Houk's Bombers to bring down the Reds, 3-2, as the third game of the series brought the big show to Crosley Field before a gathering of 23,589. The victory gave the American League champions a lead of 2 games to 1. The fourth game tomorrow will be another southpaw duel between Whitey Ford of the Yanks and Jim O'Toole. These two clashed in last Wednesday's opener in New York with Ford the victor, 2-0.


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