1961 Game 35: Cleveland Indians (20-14) @ Minnesota Twins (18-16)

Monday May 22, 1961

Indians 7, Twins 5 – 15 innings

The Twins improved on their Sunday showing. That is to say they were able to score runs against Cleveland.

In fact, the Twins used a two-run home run by Harmon Killebrew in the first inning and a three-run rally highlighted by four singles and two walks in the fourth inning to take a 5-1 lead in the game.

The Indians made their way back into the ballgame on the bat of Woodie Held. Held hit a pair of two-run home runs off of Minnesota starter Ed Palmquist – one in the sixth inning and one in the eighth – the latter good to tie the game at five.

After a shaky start for Cleveland pitcher Bobby Locke, the bullpen held the Twins scoreless for 11 innings, including eight shut out innings for eventual winning pitcher Frank Funk. In the top of the 15th, the Indians finally broke through with four singles off of Minnesota reliever Ted Sadowski. The game winning RBI came on a Willie Kirkland single that scored Tito Francona.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  36   25   11    0  .694     -   224  138
Cleveland Indians               35   21   14    0  .600   3.5   158  124
New York Yankees                34   18   15    1  .545   5.5   155  142
Minnesota Twins                 35   18   17    0  .514   6.5   165  176
Baltimore Orioles               37   18   18    1  .500   7.0   161  169
Washington Senators             37   17   20    0  .459   8.5   115  132
Boston Red Sox                  33   15   18    0  .455   8.5   116  143
Kansas City Athletics           30   13   17    0  .433   9.0   132  163
Chicago White Sox               34   14   20    0  .412  10.0   143  155
Los Angeles Angels              33   12   21    0  .364  11.5   133  160

It won’t get any easier for the Twins, who will host AL leader Detroit for a three game series. Jack Kralick will oppose Jim Bunning in Tuesday’s series opener.

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