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Steve Gromek of the Indians and Johnny Sain of the Braves pitched complete games each. The Indians struck first when Dale Mitchell hit a leadoff single in the first and scored on Lou Boudreau’s double, then added to their lead on Larry Doby’s home run in the third.

Marv Rickert’s leadoff home run in the seventh cut the Indians’ lead to 2–1, but they held on to take a 3–1 series lead.