Thursday May 25, 1961
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.