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1967 AL Pennant Race. September 30th. Red Sox top Twins to move into tie for 1st. Tigers are 1/2 game back after DH split with Angels.

Posted by Ken Revis at 8:10 AM on September 24, 2011

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

Saturday, September 30, 1967. There are only 2 days left to the season and only 1 game separates the top 3 teams (the White Sox were eliminated yesterday) as play begins.

AL Standings
Team W L W-L% GB
Twins 91 69 .569 --
Red Sox 90 70 .563 1.0
Tigers 89 69 .563 1.0

Red Sox 6, Twins 4.

Before 32,909 fans at Fenway Park in Boston, the Red Sox and Twins square off, with the Red Sox having to win to avoid elimination. They score 3 runs in the 7th inning on Carl Yastrzemski's 3 run homer, and hold on to win. The two teams are now tied for 1st place with 1 game to go. Jose Santiago starts for Boston and pitches 7 innings, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits. He gets the win, moving his record to 12 and 4. Gary Bell picks up his 3rd save, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits over 2 innings. Jim Kaat starts for the Twins and goes 2 1/3 innings, giving up no runs on 3 hits. Jim Perry comes on in relief of Kaat and gives up 2 runs on 4 hits over 2 2/3 innings. Ron Kline relieves in the 6th and gives up 3 runs on 2 hits in 1 1/3 innings. Jim Merritt comes on with 2 on and 1 out in the 7th, and gives up the Yastrzemski 3-run home run. 2 of the runs on that homer are charged to Kline, who suffers the loss, moving his record to 7 and 1. Merritt finishes the 7th and all of the 8th. His official numbers show 1 run given up on 1 hit over 1 2/3 innings. Yastrzemski's home run is his 44th of the year, putting him ahead of Harmon Killebrew's 43. However, Killebrew homers, with 1 aboard in the 9th, to put him even with Yaz, who is 3 for 4 in the game, with 4 RBI's. George Scott also homers for Boston, his 19th, in the 6th inning with the bases empty. Also for the Red Sox, Reggie Smith hits his 24th double of the year. For Minnesota, Ted Uhlaender hits his 7th triple of the year, and Killebrew (24th) and Cesar Tovar (32nd) each double. The Red Sox have 10 hits, 0 errors, and leave 6 on base. The Twins have 9 hits, 1 error, and leave 9. See Game

Tigers 5, Angels 0. Angels 8, Tigers 6.

The Tigers split a doubleheader with the Angels before 20,421 at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. They move to within 1/2 game of the Twins and Red Sox. In the opener, Mickey Lolich pitches a complete game 3 hit shutout to win his 14th game of the year, against 13 losses. He strikes out 11 and walks 4. The Angels use 5 pitchers. George Brunet starts and lasts only 2 innings, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits. He takes the loss, moving his record to 11 and 19. Jim Coates (1 2/3 innings, 1 run, 3 hits), Bill Kelso (1/3 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits), Jim Weaver (3 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit), and Pete Cimino (1 inning, 0 runs, 2 hits) all relieve for California. Willie Horton has 3 hits for the Tigers, including his 18th home run of the year, in the 1st inning with 1 aboard. Also for Detroit, Dick Tracewski triples, his 2nd of the year, and Don Wert doubles, his 23rd. Buck Rodgers' 13th double of the year is the only extra base hit for California. The Tigers have 10 hits, 0 errors, and leave 8 on base. The Angels have 3 his, 2 errors, and leave 6. See Game

In the nightcap, Detroit has a 6-2 lead going into the 8th, but the Angels score 6 in that frame to win. The Angels use 7 pitchers in the game, and the Tigers 5. Jack Hamilton starts for California and lasts only 1/3 of an inning, giving up 3 runs on 1 hit and 3 walks. 3 Angel pitchers combine for 3 2/3 scoreless innings before Bobby Locke gives up an unearned run on 3 hits over 2 innings. Minnie Rojas gives up 2 runs on 2 hits in pitching the 7th inning. He gets the win, his 12th against 9 losses. Jim Weaver, who pitches 2 scoreless innings, picks up his 1st save of the year. Earl Wilson starts for Detroit and gives up 2 runs on 6 hits over 5 innings. Fred Lasher comes on to relieve in the 6th and gives up 4 runs on 3 hits over 2 innings. Hank Aguirre, the 3rd Tiger pitcher, facing just 2 batters, gives up 1 run and suffers the loss, moving his record to 0-1. Fred Gladding (1 run, 1 hit) and John Hiller (0 runs, 3 hits) pitch the last 1 2/3 innings for the Tigers. Jim Fregosi has 3 hits and 3 RBI's for the Angels, including his 9th home run of the year, with the bases empty, in the 3rd inning. Don Mincher also has 3 hits for California. For Detroit, Jim Northrup, with 3 RBI's in the game, clubs his 9th home run of the year, in the 7th inning with 1 aboard. The Angels have 13 hits, 1 error, and leave 8 on base. The Tigers have 7 hits, 0 errors, and leave 9. See Game

After play, and with only 1 day left in the season, the Twins and Red Sox are tied for 1st with identical records, and the Tigers are 1/2 game out.

Next: September 30th, the final day of the season. Red Sox/Twins and Angels and Tigers in another DH.

Categories: 1967 AL Pennant Race
Teams: Angels, Red Sox, Tigers, Twins, White Sox
Players: Hank Aguirre, Gary Bell, George Brunet, Pete Cimino, Jim Coates, Jim Fregosi, Fred Gladding, Jack Hamilton, John Hiller, Willie Horton, Jim Kaat, Bill Kelso, Ron Kline, Fred Lasher, Bobby Locke, Mickey Lolich, Jim Merritt, Don Mincher, Jim Northrup, Jim Perry, Buck Rodgers, Minnie Rojas, Jose Santiago, Jose Santiago, Jose Santiago, George Scott, George Scott, Scott, Reggie Smith, Smith, Cesar Tovar, Dick Tracewski, Ted Uhlaender, Jim Weaver, Jim Weaver, Jim Weaver, Don Wert, Earl Wilson, Carl Yastrzemski
Games: BOS196709300, DET196709301, DET196709302

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