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1967 AL Pennant Race. August 31st. White Sox top Red Sox to move within 1 1/2 games. Twins now 1/2 game out as they beat Orioles in hit fest.

Posted by Ken Revis at 7:43 AM on August 24, 2011

This is part of a series on the 1967 American League Pennant Race.

Thursday, August 31, 1967. Just 2 1/2 games separate the top 4 teams at game time.

AL Standings
Team W L W-L% GB
Red Sox 76 58 .567 --
Twins 73 58 .557 1.5
Tigers 74 59 .556 1.5
White Sox 72 59 .550 2.5

White Sox 4, Red Sox 2

In a key matchup between the 1st place Red Sox and 4th place White Sox, Chicago's Tommie Agee, with nobody on, and Pete Ward, with 1 aboard, homer in the 8th, to defeat Boston before 35,138 at Fenway Park. Ward's runs are unearned as, with 2 outs, Boston's 3rd baseman Jerry Adair commits an error on a ground ball by Rocky Colavito, the batter before Ward. Chicago pitchers combine to give up only 2 Boston hits. Cisco Carlos starts for Chicago and lasts 6 1/3 innings, giving up 2 runs on 1 hit. Hoyt Wilhelm, who gives up the other Red Sox hit, and Don McMahon pitch a combined 2 2/3 scoreless innings, with McMahon getting the win. His record moves to 4 and 2 on the year. Gary Bell goes the distance for Boston, giving up 4 runs, 2 earned, on 9 hits in his 9 inning pitched. His record is now 10 and 11 on the year. Don Buford goes 3 for 4 for Chicago, including his 9th double and 8th triple. The White Sox have 9 hits, 1 error, and leave 5 on base. The Red Sox have 2 hits, 1 error, and also leave 5. See Game

Twins 10, Orioles 9

In a high scoring affair, the Twins score 2 in the last of the 9th, after the Orioles score 3 in the top of the inning, giving Minnesota the victory before 21,911 at home in Metropolitan Stadium. The Orioles's Boog Powell scores in the 9th on a Davey Johnson double, and Curt Blefary follows with a 2-run home run. The Twins bounce back with a walk-off pinch-hit home run by Rich Reese, with Cesar Tovar aboard. The Twins use 3 relievers in the game after Jim Merritt starts and lasts 4 2/3 innings, giving up 5 runs on 8 hits. Ron Kline gets the victory for the Twins, his 7th of the year against 0 losses. The Orioles use 4 relievers after Tom Phoebus lasts just 4 innings, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits. He has 7 strikeouts, however, in his outing. Moe Drabowsky gets the loss, his 5th against 7 wins. Reese's homer is his 4th of the year, while Blefary's is his 19th. For the Orioles, Johnson, who is 4 for 5 in the game, slams his 8th home run of the year in the 5th, with nobody aboard, and Brooks Robinson, with 3 hits, belts his 18th, also in the 5th, with 1 on. Larry Haney also has 3 hits for Baltimore. Tovar has 3 hits for the Twins. Both teams have 16 hits and 1 error. The Twins leave 8 on base, and the Orioles 11. See Game

Next: September 1. Red Sox/White Sox, Twins/Tigers.

Categories: 1967 AL Pennant Race
Teams: Orioles, Red Sox, Tigers, Twins, White Sox
Players: Jerry Adair, Tommie Agee, Gary Bell, Curt Blefary, Don Buford, Cisco Carlos, Rocky Colavito, Moe Drabowsky, Larry Haney, Davey Johnson, Ron Kline, Don McMahon, Jim Merritt, Tom Phoebus, Boog Powell, Rich Reese, Brooks Robinson, Cesar Tovar, Pete Ward, Hoyt Wilhelm
Games: BOS196708310, MIN196708310

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