1961 Games 142 & 143: Minnesota Twins (60-80) @ Kansas City Athletics (52-89)

Sunday September 10, 1961

A’s 13, Twins 1
Twins 7, A’s 0

The Twins and the A’s both experienced the extreme ups and downs of a baseball season on one September afternoon.

Kansas City put together what might have been one of their best games of the season in the first of two (might have been second behind the 20-2 win they had over the Twins in April). 13 runs on 17 hits off of Twins pitching, though most of the damage came in an eight-run seventh inning, after the A’s already had the game pretty well in hand with a four-run lead.

It may have also been a low point for the Twins, who were not strangers to allowing a lot of runs, but couldn’t have been happy about giving up 13 to the lowly Athletics.

The roles reversed in game two, however, with a 7-0 Twins victory. Pedro Ramos pitched a five-hit shutout, while Harmon Killebrew (42) and Earl Battey (17) both homered in the winning effort.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
New York Yankees               145   99   45    1  .688     -   764  556
Detroit Tigers                 144   87   56    1  .608  11.5   736  595
Baltimore Orioles              148   87   60    1  .592  13.5   643  538
Chicago White Sox              146   78   67    1  .538  21.5   683  645
Cleveland Indians              145   71   74    0  .490  28.5   664  678
Boston Red Sox                 147   70   76    1  .479  30.0   676  733
Los Angeles Angels             144   63   80    1  .441  35.5   651  694
Minnesota Twins                143   61   81    1  .430  37.0   632  706
Kansas City Athletics          144   53   90    1  .371  45.5   625  789
Washington Senators            144   52   92    0  .361  47.0   561  701
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