1961 Game 6: Minnesota Twins (4-1) @ Boston Red Sox (2-1)

Tuesday April 18, 1961

Twins 3, Red Sox 2

After Jim Lemon’s solo home run in the sixth inning, the Twins had a 3-0 lead over the Red Sox. Jim Kaat was cruising and it seemed like the team would easily win its 5th game of the 1961 season.

It took a little more work than that, but the Twins were able to hold on. Through seven innings pitched, Kaat had allowed the Sox just a single hit. That all changed when Pumpsie Green led off the 8th with a double to right field. A Rip Repulski single moved Green to third. Chuck Schilling’s ground out broke Kaat’s shut out, and he walked the last batter he faced to leave a two on, one out situation for Bill Pleis. The Sox ended up scoring just one more run in the inning on an error by Versalles. Pleis escaped with no further damage by getting Carl Yastrzemski to fly out to center field.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Minnesota Twins                  6    5    1    0  .833     -    28   21
Cleveland Indians                4    3    1    0  .750   1.0    17   11
Detroit Tigers                   3    2    1    0  .667   1.5    18   11
New York Yankees                 3    2    1    0  .667   1.5     8    9
Boston Red Sox                   4    2    2    0  .500   2.0    10   10
Los Angeles Angels               3    1    2    0  .333   2.5     9    8
Chicago White Sox                3    1    2    0  .333   2.5     6   16
Kansas City Athletics            3    1    2    0  .333   2.5     8   10
Washington Senators              4    1    3    0  .250   3.0     9   12
Baltimore Orioles                5    1    4    0  .200   3.5    21   26

Next game: Home Opener Friday Twins vs Senators – Camilo Pascual vs Joe McClain

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