Buoyed by a rare outbreak of clutch hitting, the Minnesota Twins won a ballgame at Target Field tonight. The occasion was noteworthy for snapping a franchise-record 10-game home losing streak, a dubious marked shared with the 1957 Washington Senators who never did truly break the streak. They lost their final 10 home games of 1957, including a 10-inning heartbreaker on the season’s final day, played before a sparse gathering of 2,668 at Griffith Stadium.
A young Senators infielder named Harmon Killebrew was in the lineup that day, and he made the most of his opportunity, stroking a sixth-inning double off Baltimore’s Connie Johnson and later scoring on Pete Runnels’ two-out single.
Griffith Stadium would wait seven more months for a Senators win. Mercifully it came in the 1958 season opener, a 5-2 triumph over Boston.