1961 Game 100: Minnesota Twins (43-56) @ Detroit Tigers (64-36)

Saturday July 29, 1961

Twins 5, Tigers 4

Down by a run after seven innings to the second-place Tigers at Detroit, few likely expected the Twins to pull out a win. With two on and two out, Tigers’ manager Bob Scheffling decided that starting pitcher Jim Bunning’s day was finished. He brought in Manny Mantejo to face Harmon Killebrew.

Killebrew took Montejo deep for his 32nd home run of the year, a shot that put the Twins ahead 5-3. The Tigers added a run in their half of the eighth inning, but were not able to make up the deficit against the Twins’ bullpen combination of Ray Moore and Bill Pleis.

Jim Kaat earned the win, just his fourth of the season against 11 losses.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
New York Yankees               100   65   34    1  .657     -   543  405
Detroit Tigers                 102   64   37    1  .634   2.0   554  441
Baltimore Orioles              103   56   46    1  .549  10.5   453  420
Cleveland Indians              103   55   48    0  .534  12.0   498  465
Chicago White Sox              102   50   52    0  .490  16.5   483  479
Boston Red Sox                 104   46   57    1  .447  21.0   466  542
Minnesota Twins                100   44   56    0  .440  21.5   456  509
Washington Senators            100   44   56    0  .440  21.5   423  480
Los Angeles Angels             102   44   57    1  .436  22.0   464  471
Kansas City Athletics          100   37   62    1  .374  28.0   434  562
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