1961 Game 73: Boston Red Sox (37-35) @ Minnesota Twins (28-44)

Thursday June 29, 1961

Red Sox 9, Twins 5

Frank Malzone hit a pair of home runs off of Bert Cueto in an effort that led the Red Sox to a series split against the Twins after being swept in a double header to start the series at Metropolitan Stadium.

Malzone’s first shot gave the Sox a 1-0 lead with one out in the fourth inning, but it was the fifth inning in which the Red Sox did most of their damage. In fairness, Cueto should have been out of the inning. With one out and a man on first, Zoilo Versalles booted what could have been an inning-ending double play ball. Cueto got the next batter to ground out, but the Sox did all of the scoring with two outs.

Carl Yastrzemski started it with a two-run double to right field. After another walk, Malzone hit his second of the game (11th of the season) to give the Sox a 6-2 lead. After two more walks, one by Cueto and one by relief pitcher Gerry Arrigo, Don Buddin’s single made it 7-2 in favor of the visitors.

The Red Sox never looked back on the way to a 9-5 win.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  74   47   26    1  .644     -   404  319
New York Yankees                72   44   27    1  .620   2.0   377  295
Cleveland Indians               75   42   33    0  .560   6.0   351  315
Baltimore Orioles               75   40   34    1  .541   7.5   320  315
Boston Red Sox                  74   38   35    1  .521   9.0   334  353
Chicago White Sox               74   38   36    0  .514   9.5   365  327
Washington Senators             74   33   41    0  .446  14.5   307  340
Kansas City Athletics           72   29   42    1  .408  17.0   320  377
Minnesota Twins                 73   28   45    0  .384  19.0   314  404
Los Angeles Angels              75   27   47    1  .365  20.5   307  354
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