1961 Game 112: Minnesota Twins (47-64) @ Boston Red Sox (54-61)

Wednesday August 9, 1961

Red Sox 5, Twins 4

Jack Kralick struggled through five innings of work and the Twins seemed to have little life when they entered the top of the ninth inning trailing by three. To that point the team had managed nine hits off of Red Sox pitchers, but were only able to push across two runs.

The Sox, however, extended a gift to the Twins when shortstop Don Buddin booted Bob Allison’s ground ball to start the inning. The very next batter, Jim Lemon, went deep (11) over the green monster in left field to cut the lead to just one run.

Reliever Dave Hillman, who had worked around a two-out eighth-inning single in his first inning of work, didn’t want any part of Harmon Killebrew, and promptly walked the Twins’ slugger. Earl Battey, representing the go-ahead run, earned his way to first by coaxing a walk. With runners at first and second and no outs, the Sox turned to Mike Fornieles to try and salvage the win.

Jose Valdivieso failed to successfully sacrifice the runners over, and it was all down hill from there. The Twins were retired in order and the Red Sox held on for the win.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
New York Yankees               112   74   37    1  .667     -   594  446
Detroit Tigers                 112   71   40    1  .640   3.0   593  474
Baltimore Orioles              115   63   51    1  .553  12.5   493  447
Cleveland Indians              113   59   54    0  .522  16.0   543  517
Chicago White Sox              112   56   56    0  .500  18.5   531  523
Boston Red Sox                 117   55   61    1  .474  21.5   530  593
Los Angeles Angels             112   47   64    1  .423  27.0   493  513
Washington Senators            109   46   63    0  .422  27.0   452  513
Minnesota Twins                112   47   65    0  .420  27.5   499  559
Kansas City Athletics          112   42   69    1  .378  32.0   474  617
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