The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Minnesota Twins, 8-4, in the opening game of the first ever League Championship Series for the American League pennant. The visiting Twins jumped on Baltimore’s Cy Young favorite Mike Cuellar with a pair of two-run home runs in the first inning by Harmon Killebrew and Rich Reese. But, the Birds pecked away with RBI singles by the Robinson Twins, Brooks in the first and Frank in the fourth. Then in the fifth, Twins starter Jim Perry could not hold it together as Baltimore broke through with four runs of their own, highlighted by Robinson’s two-run single to greet reliever Al Worthington who replaced Perry with the score tied at four, bases loaded and one out. Worthington wiggled out of the jam, but not before the Orioles grabbed a two run lead. Don Buford padded the Orioles’ lead with a 7th inning RBI single. Frank Robinson’s solo home run to lead off the bottom of the 8th capped the scoring. Despite his early troubles, Cuellar finished the game allowing only four hits over the remaining eight innings while striking out six and walking two batters.
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