1961 Game 13: Minnesota Twins (9-3) @ Los Angeles Angels (1-8)

Friday April 28, 1961

The Twins’ time in first place was short lived. After taking the lead three separate times against the Angels, the Twins allowed them to comeback each time, including the final time in the 12th inning.

An early 3-0 lead was erased with one swing of Earl Averill’s bat. His three-run home run off of Pedro Ramos tied the game in the fourth inning. The score remained tied until the top of the eighth, when Reno Bertoia singled home Don Mincher. That lead was short lived, however. 36-year-old Ted Kluszewski tied the game in the bottom of the same frame with one swing of his bat.

The game extended to the 12th inning when, once again, the Twins took a lead. This time a two-out error by Ken Aspromonte was the key, it allowed Mincher to score from second after he had reached on a double earlier in the inning. Ken Hamlin hit the third home run of the game for the Angels that erased the lead in the bottom of the 12th, and Los Angeles finally won the game when, with the bases loaded, Bill Pleis hit Ken Hunt with a pitch to end the game, a 6-5 Angels’ win.

Pedro Ramos pitched 11 innings, allowing four runs on six hits.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  11    8    3    0  .727     -    66   42
Minnesota Twins                 13    9    4    0  .692     -    58   64
New York Yankees                12    7    4    1  .636   1.0    52   50
Boston Red Sox                  11    6    5    0  .545   2.0    36   34
Chicago White Sox               11    6    5    0  .545   2.0    46   41
Cleveland Indians               13    7    6    0  .538   2.0    56   56
Baltimore Orioles               14    6    7    1  .462   3.0    55   54
Washington Senators             13    4    9    0  .308   5.0    31   45
Kansas City Athletics           10    3    7    0  .300   4.5    53   52
Los Angeles Angels              10    2    8    0  .200   5.5    28   43

The Twins and Angels wrap up the series on Saturday at Wrigley Field – Jim Kaat vs Ken McBride.

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