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1960 Revisited - September 4   
By Bobster

Sunday, September 4, 1960---A Pirate win over Philadelphia, combined with a Braves loss gave the Bucs (80-50) a 6˝ game lead. The Pirates threatened in the first inning but didn’t score. Virdon led off with a walk and took third on a single by Groat. After Skinner fouled out to the catcher, Nelson was hit on the leg by a Jim Owens pitch. But Clemente struck out and Burgess popped out to end the threat.

Tony Gonzalez’ 2-run HR off Mizell in the second gave the Phillies a brief lead. But Don Hoak led off the bottom of the second with his 14th HR. Mazeroski popped out but Owens walked Mizell. After Virdon fouled out, Groat got a 2-out single and he and Mizell both scored on a double by Skinner. Then Nelson singled home Skinner to make it a 4-2 game. The Phillies got a run in the sixth to make it 4-3 and Clem Labine replaced Mizell (9-4). Labine shut down the Phillies the rest of the way, striking out 5 and lowering his Pirate ERA to 1.50. Clemente led off the bottom of the 7th with his 14th HR of the season to cement the 5-3 win. Groat (.325), Clemente (.323) and Hoak (.271) each had a pair of hits.

Starting lineup:

Virdon CF
Groat SS
Skinner LF
Nelson 1B
Clemente RF
Burgess C
Hoak 3B,
Mazeroski 2B
Mizell P.

Meanwhile, the Orioles completed a 3-game sweep of the Yankees to take a 2-game lead in the A.L. Moose Skowron of the Yankees broke up the no-hit bid by the Orioles’ 22-year old rookie Chuck Estrada (16-8) with 2 outs in the 7th. Hoyt Wilhelm preserved the 6-2 Orioles win, relieving Estrada in the 8th. The Orioles led NY by 2 games. Also, a virus ended the 798 consecutive game streak of the White Sox’ Nellie Fox.

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