1961 Game 65: Baltimore Orioles (32-33) @ Minnesota Twins (25-39)

Wednesday June 21, 1961

Orioles 11, Twins 5

Early in the game it looked like it would be the Harmon Killebrew show. In the first inning, Killer hit a two-run home run to deep right field giving the Twins a 2-0 lead. He did it again in his second plate appearance, another two-run shot in the third inning, this time to left field, that made the score 4-3 in favor of the Twins. It was Killebrew’s 18th and 19th home runs of the year, putting him in fourth place on the leader board behind Maris (26), Mantle (22), and Cash (20).

The Twins took a 5-4 lead into the final frame. Pedro Ramos had been relieved in the eighth inning after allowing his league-leading 21st home run to Jim Gentile that tied the game at 4-4. The Twins scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth on a Dan Dobbek triple.

It was all rendered meaningless in the top of the ninth, however; an inning so bad for the Twins that the first out wasn’t recorded until the pitcher’s spot came up as the ninth batter in the inning. In all, seven runs scored off of Bert Cueto, Chuck Stobbs, and Bill Pleis before Gerry Arrigo came in to end the inning with a ground ball double play.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  65   41   23    1  .641     -   346  273
New York Yankees                65   40   24    1  .625   1.0   334  259
Cleveland Indians               67   40   27    0  .597   2.5   322  268
Boston Red Sox                  65   33   31    1  .516   8.0   291  312
Baltimore Orioles               67   33   33    1  .500   9.0   271  284
Chicago White Sox               66   32   34    0  .485  10.0   312  289
Washington Senators             65   30   35    0  .462  11.5   270  294
Kansas City Athletics           63   27   35    1  .435  13.0   286  329
Minnesota Twins                 65   25   40    0  .385  16.5   278  355
Los Angeles Angels              68   24   43    1  .358  18.5   269  316
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