MINNESOTA 3, CHICAGO 2 IN CHICAGO (10 INNINGS)
Date: Sunday, May 2 (Game 1 of doubleheader)
Batting stars: Harmon Killebrew was 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, and a walk, driving in three. Earl Battey was 2-for-4 with a double. Rich Rollins was 2-for-4 with a run.
Pitching stars: Jim Kaat pitched six innings, giving up one run on three hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Mel Nelson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Bill Pleis pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk with one strikeout.
Opposition stars: Tommy John pitched seven shutout innings, allowing seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts. John Romano was 1-for-3 with a home run, his second. Ron Hansen was 1-for-4 with a home run.
The game: Romano homered with two out in the first inning to put the White Sox up 1-0. Hansen homered with one out in the seventh to make it 2-0. The Twins threatened in the first, sixth, and seventh, but did not score. Finally, in the eighth, Killebrew hit a two-run homer to tie the score 2-2. The White Sox put two on in the eighth and again in the ninth, but failed to score. Zoilo Versalles led off the tenth with a single, went to second on a bunt, and scored on Killebrew's two-out double to put the Twins in front for the first time. The White Sox got a two-out single in the bottom of the tenth, but no more.
Of note: Versalles was 1-for-5 with a run. Tony Oliva was 1-for-5. Bob Allison was 0-for-4.
Record: The win made the Twins 9-4, in first place, a half game ahead of Chicago and Detroit.