1961 Game 101: Minnesota Twins (44-56) @ Detroit Tigers (64-37)

Sunday July 30, 1961

Twins 4, Tigers 0

Jack Kralick pitched another good game. Though he allowed eight hits, he held the Tigers without an extra-base hit. Additionally he struck out seven and, in the most important category, held the opposition scoreless for nine innings.

The Twins scored the bulk of their runs in the second inning thanks to the long ball. Bob Allison kicked the inning off with a solo shot, his 23rd of the season. A few batters later, with a man on, Ted Lepcio hit his 6th of the year. The Lepcio home run marked the end of a short day’s work for Tiger starter Frank Lary.

It was the fifth win in a row for the Twins, the longest winning streak of the season.

Although the Tigers were swept by the Twins, they only lost a half-game in the standings with the Yankees dropping three of four in Baltimore.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
New York Yankees               102   65   36    1  .644     -   544  411
Detroit Tigers                 103   64   38    1  .627   1.5   554  445
Baltimore Orioles              105   58   46    1  .558   8.5   459  421
Cleveland Indians              104   55   49    0  .529  11.5   504  473
Chicago White Sox              104   51   53    0  .490  15.5   495  490
Boston Red Sox                 106   47   58    1  .448  20.0   477  554
Minnesota Twins                101   45   56    0  .446  20.0   460  509
Washington Senators            101   45   56    0  .446  20.0   427  480
Los Angeles Angels             103   45   57    1  .441  20.5   472  477
Kansas City Athletics          101   37   63    1  .370  27.5   434  566
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