Memorial Stadium, Baltimore 69 degrees, light rain
Boston: Ray Culp
Baltimore: Dave McNally
The series opened on a cool day with rain in Baltimore. The O’s got off to a quck start against Boston starter Ray Culp as Boog Powell knocked in Merv Rettenmund with a two run homer to right center in the bottom of the 1st. The game then settled into a pitcher’s duel until the bottom of the 5th when Baltimore struck for 3 more runs against Culp on 4 singles, a walk and a fielder’s choice. The scoring was over in this one until Boston broke through against McNally for 1 in the top of the 8th on doubles by Reggie Smith and “Hawk” Harrelson before Gene Brabender came on in relief of a tiring McNally.
Baltimore leads series 1-0
--submitted by Mark Nixon—