1961 Game 134: Boston Red Sox (65-73) @ Minnesota Twins (58-75)

Sunday September 3, 1961

Red Sox 8, Twins 6

The Twins had been on a decent run over the past week, playing well against some top-flight competition. The main source of the success was starting pitching, something that failed them in the series finale against Boston.

Camilo Pascual allowed seven runs (five of them earned) in four official innings pitched. He was removed from the game when, down 5-0 already, he allowed the first two runners of the fifth inning to reach safely, including his fifth walk of the game.

Minnesota’s offense was able to make the game look closer than it had any right to be, mainly thanks to three home runs. Harmon Killebrew hit a three-run shot (38) in the bottom of the sixth that might have been the first sign of life for the home team. It was Killebrew’s first home run in 13 games, matching his longest drought of the season. Earl Battey (13) and Jim Lemon (14) added home runs in the eighth, but the rally ended two runs short in the end.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
New York Yankees               136   90   45    1  .667     -   702  530
Detroit Tigers                 137   86   50    1  .632   4.5   716  558
Baltimore Orioles              140   80   59    1  .576  12.0   615  520
Chicago White Sox              138   74   64    0  .536  17.5   646  610
Cleveland Indians              137   69   68    0  .504  22.0   624  622
Boston Red Sox                 140   66   73    1  .475  26.0   634  697
Los Angeles Angels             137   60   76    1  .441  30.5   612  648
Minnesota Twins                134   58   76    0  .433  31.5   593  656
Washington Senators            135   51   84    0  .378  39.0   541  662
Kansas City Athletics          136   48   87    1  .356  42.0   566  746
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