1961 Game 86: Minnesota Twins (35-50) @ Detroit Tigers (55-30)

Friday July 14, 1961

Twins 5, Tigers 2

Minnesota never scored more than a single run in an inning, but they scored in five innings to run up a 5-2 decision over the first place Tigers.

For the first three runs, in the first, third, and fourth innings respectively, the Twins’ run-scoring plays were hit-free. Lenny Green scored on a wild pitch in the first, Billy Martin plated Jose Valdivieso with a sacrifice fly in the third, and Ted Lepcio’s groundball force out to short scored Jim Lemon in the fourth.

It wasn’t until Bob Allison’s home run (17) in the sixth that the Twins scored with a hit. They did it again in the eighth when Earl Battey singled home Allison to account for the fifth run.

Jack Kralick held the AL leaders to just a pair of runs in a complete game effort. Though he allowed ten hits, he was able to strike out eight on the way to his ninth win of the season.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
New York Yankees                85   54   30    1  .643     -   459  337
Detroit Tigers                  87   55   31    1  .640     -   456  371
Baltimore Orioles               88   49   38    1  .563   6.5   386  350
Cleveland Indians               88   48   40    0  .545   8.0   419  378
Chicago White Sox               88   43   45    0  .489  13.0   422  409
Boston Red Sox                  88   41   46    1  .471  14.5   387  447
Washington Senators             86   38   48    0  .442  17.0   349  399
Minnesota Twins                 86   36   50    0  .419  19.0   391  462
Los Angeles Angels              88   35   52    1  .402  20.5   385  411
Kansas City Athletics           86   33   52    1  .388  21.5   378  468
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