1961 Game 41: Minnesota Twins (19-21) @ Washington Senators (20-22)

Sunday May 28, 1961

Senators 6, Twins 4

Harmon Killebrew launched his 12th home run of the season in the first inning of the final game of a three-game series against Washington. The two-run shot put the Twins ahead 2-0. It was Killebrew’s first home run of the season hit away from Metropolitan Stadium, but it was hard to characterize it as a “road” home run. Killebrew hit the ball out of Griffith Stadium, the place he had called home since coming into the league.

The lead only lasted about three innings. Washington answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the frame. Though the Twins added another run in the top of the third and another in the top of the fourth to make the score 4-1, Washington seemed to solve Jack Kralick in the middle innings.

Gene Green’s two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth started the string for the Nats. Washington took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. A double by Jim King put the Nats ahead, and it turned out they didn’t even need the insurance run that was added in the sixth. The Nats completed the sweep of the Twins much to the delight of the 18,882 fans who had gathered for the Sunday game.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  42   28   14    0  .667     -   254  170
Cleveland Indians               41   24   17    0  .585   3.5   196  155
New York Yankees                38   21   16    1  .568   4.5   178  165
Baltimore Orioles               43   23   19    1  .548   5.0   182  187
Washington Senators             43   21   22    0  .488   7.5   154  156
Kansas City Athletics           36   17   19    0  .472   8.0   161  196
Minnesota Twins                 41   19   22    0  .463   8.5   189  216
Boston Red Sox                  37   16   21    0  .432   9.5   131  157
Los Angeles Angels              39   15   24    0  .385  11.5   167  194
Chicago White Sox               40   15   25    0  .375  12.0   169  185

The Twins will head to Cleveland for a three-game series, followed by four games in Detroit and four games in New York.

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