Baseballs in a line

July 2, 1953

Red Sox southpaw Mel Parnell wasn’t greedy enough to ask for more.

Chasing his 100th career win, the opportunity came  at Fenway Park against the New York Yankees.

The fact that the Yankees hobbled into the old yard carrying an eight-game losing streak didn’t bother him either.

Parnell blanked the Yanks, 4-0, limiting them to four hits.

At 46-13 before their slide began, the Yankees seemed a bit more human, though they still had a five-game lead over second-place Cleveland. The 39-34 Red Sox were fourth.

And the fans had a little added bonus, at least those who snarled when the Braves skipped town for Milwaukee a few months earlier: The losing pitcher was old Boston Braves favorite Johnny Sain.

Parnell had more than ample support in running his record to 10-4. George Kell’s RBI single in the third stood up as the only run he’d need. Sammy White and Tom Umphlett each knocked in a run in the sixth, and blooped a fly ball off the left-field foul pole and into the screen in the eighth.

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