1961 Game 76: Minnesota Twins (30-45) @ Kansas City Athletics (29-44)

Sunday July 2, 1961

A’s 8, Twins 7

The series finale in Kansas City was an up-and-down affair for the visiting Minnesota Twins. They continued to get themselves into holes, only to come back and tie the score.

Pedro Ramos gave up four runs in the first five innings, spotting the opposition a 4-0 lead. The Twins’ offense answered with a four-run top of the sixth to tie the game.

The Twins gave the lead right back to the A’s who scored two in the bottom of the frame without the luxury of a base hit. A walk, a hit batsman, and a throwing error by relief pitcher Danny McDevitt allowed the A’s to take a 6-4 lead.

Harmon Killebrew’s two-run home run (24) in the top of the seventh tied the score again, but once again the team gave the lead back immediately when the A’s scored on a bases-loaded walk issued by Don Lee.

Jim Lemon’s ninth inning double scored Killebrew and temporarily tied the score again, but the A’s answered once again, this time with a walk-off single by Dick Howser.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  77   49   27    1  .645     -   424  338
New York Yankees                75   47   27    1  .635   1.0   402  306
Cleveland Indians               78   45   33    0  .577   5.0   380  326
Baltimore Orioles               78   41   36    1  .532   8.5   339  335
Chicago White Sox               77   39   38    0  .506  10.5   377  349
Boston Red Sox                  77   38   38    1  .500  11.0   345  382
Washington Senators             77   33   44    0  .429  16.5   318  365
Kansas City Athletics           75   30   44    1  .405  18.0   333  401
Minnesota Twins                 76   30   46    0  .395  19.0   338  417
Los Angeles Angels              78   29   48    1  .377  20.5   329  366
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