1961 Game 38: Detroit Tigers (27-11) @ Minnesota Twins (18-19)

Thursday May 25, 1961

Twins 7, Tigers 6, 11 innings

It did not look like a game in which the Twins would end their losing streak at five. Before they even had a turn at bat, the Twins were behind the AL leaders by five runs. The Tigers touched up Ramos for all five runs, including a two-run home run by Norm Cash and a three-run shot by Al Kaline.

That’s how the score remained until the bottom of the fourth. With Harmon Killebrew on first, Jim Lemon started the Twins’ scoring with a two-run home run. Later in the inning, Earl Battey added a solo shot to cut the Detroit lead to two.

Foytack held the Twins scoreless until the eighth inning. After a single and a walk, Foytack was replaced by Terry Fox, who promptly gave up an RBI single to Killebrew. Reno Bertoia singled home Dan Dobbek in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 5-5.

Pedro Ramos had settled down after the rough first inning. In total, he pitched nine innings, allowed five runs on seven hits with six strikeouts. Ted Sasdowski came on to pitch the 10th inning and was greeted by a Bill Bruton home run to deep right field. Sadowski recovered, pitched around a double, and the Twins came to bat just down one.

Bob Allison led off the home half of the 10th inning with a single. He was sacrificed to second by Battey, and ultimately scored when Hal Naragon singled off of Bill Fischer. Paul Giel retired the Tigers in order in the top of the 11th to set up the game winner in the bottom of the frame.

Lenny Green, who had extended his hitting streak to 22 games earlier in the game, led off with a double. He was sacrificed to third and the Tigers walked Killebrew to face Lemon with the game on the line. Lemon came through with a hit and the Twins finally won a game.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  39   27   12    0  .692     -   240  151
Cleveland Indians               38   23   15    0  .605   3.5   178  139
New York Yankees                36   20   15    1  .571   5.0   164  148
Baltimore Orioles               41   22   18    1  .550   5.5   177  178
Minnesota Twins                 38   19   19    0  .500   7.5   178  192
Kansas City Athletics           33   15   18    0  .455   9.0   145  178
Washington Senators             40   18   22    0  .450   9.5   130  145
Boston Red Sox                  35   15   20    0  .429  10.0   122  152
Chicago White Sox               38   14   24    0  .368  12.5   152  171
Los Angeles Angels              36   13   23    0  .361  12.5   148  180

The Twins will embark on an 18-game road trip starting on Friday. The first stop is Washington, the team’s first game back at their former home.


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