1961 Game 141: Minnesota Twins (59-80) @ Kansas City Athletics (52-88)

Saturday September 9, 1961

Twins 5, A’s 4

It would have been easy for a Twins fan to give up on this game. They had seen the script before in 1961: big early inning leads for the opposition, the Twins mount a comeback but fall short.

The A’s took a 3-0 lead in the first inning thanks to four singles, a walk, and a wild pitch allowed by Al Schroll. By the end of three innings, it was a 4-0 Kansas City lead.

This time the script played out differently, however, thanks in large part to the long ball. Green and Martin started the top of the sixth inning with consecutive singles. After a Harmon Killebrew sacrifice fly and a Lenny Green double cut the lead in half, Earl Battey tied the score with his 16th home run of the season.

Killebrew added a solo shot (41) in the top of the seventh that turned out to be the game winner. Schroll left the game after five innings, but Bill Pleis came on to finish the game allowing no runs on five hits in four innings of work to earn the victory.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
New York Yankees               143   97   45    1  .683     -   748  547
Detroit Tigers                 143   87   55    1  .613  10.0   729  587
Baltimore Orioles              147   86   60    1  .589  13.0   640  536
Chicago White Sox              145   78   66    1  .542  20.0   680  641
Cleveland Indians              143   71   72    0  .497  26.5   655  662
Boston Red Sox                 146   69   76    1  .476  29.5   668  726
Los Angeles Angels             143   62   80    1  .437  35.0   647  691
Minnesota Twins                141   60   80    1  .429  36.0   624  693
Kansas City Athletics          142   52   89    1  .369  44.5   612  781
Washington Senators            143   52   91    0  .364  45.5   559  698
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