Game 153: Texas Rangers (73-78) @ Minnesota Twins (82-70)

Thursday September 24, 1987

Twins 4, Texas 0

The magic number is down to “4” thanks to a combined shut out by Frank Viola and Juan Berenguer over the Texas Rangers and a second consecutive Oakland loss to Cleveland.

Greg Gagne earned the team some insurance runs in the sixth when he hit a two-run inside-the-park home run to stretch the lead to four. Rangers center fielder Bob Brower attempted to make a shoestring catch on a Gagne line drive. The ball got by him and rolled all the way to the wall in center.

Mark Vancil in the Star Tribune:

The victory gave the Twins their second straight three-game sweep; they started the homestand with three victories over Cleveland. They are six games ahead of Oakland, which lost 4-2 to Chicago; seven ahead of Kansas City, and 9 1/2 in front of Texas. With nine games left and three of those inside the uncommonly friendly confines of the Dome, all eyes are on October.

Tomorrow night’s series opener against Kansas City is already sold out as pennant fever seems to be hitting the state of Minnesota.

Player of the Game
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Frank Viola 8 IP 0 R 3 H 10 K

AL West Standings through 9/24 (Retrosheet)

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Minnesota Twins                153   83   70    0  .542     -   753  760
Oakland Athletics              153   77   76    0  .503   6.0   778  742
Kansas City Royals             153   76   77    0  .497   7.0   667  658
Texas Rangers                  152   73   79    0  .480   9.5   786  793
California Angels              153   72   81    0  .471  11.0   711  746
Seattle Mariners               152   70   82    0  .461  12.5   704  762
Chicago White Sox              153   69   84    0  .451  14.0   701  731

Tomorrow vs Kansas City: Les Straker 8-9 4.37 vs Danny Jackson (L) 8-18 4.01
Saturday-Sunday vs KC
Monday-Wednesday @ TEX
10/2-10/4 @ KC

Other Remaining Schedules (3 games unless noted)
Kansas City: @ MIN; vs SEA; vs MIN
Oakland: vs CHW; vs CLE; @ CHW

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